Minnesota CoSA Show Benefits
18 May, 2014
The CoSA model has been around since the 1990s and has seen significant improvements over the past ten to fifteen years. The primary goal of this model is to reduce the rates of recidivism for sex offenders. Offenders of a sexual nature have the highest rates of recidivism compared to all other crimes to the effectiveness of Circles of Support and Accountability are especially important.
A study in Minnesota on the benefits of the CoSA model has shown that it is in fact beneficial to the community and is also cost effective in the long run. When comparing offenders who participated in the Minnesota Circles of Support and Accountability (MnCoSA) with a regular control group of sex offenders, there were significantly decreased percentages of offenders who were rearrested.
Although funding the program looks a bit pricey, the assessment of damages to the community from an offender who was not properly reintegrated shows that it is ultimately cheaper to have more people part of circles. To see more details, numbers, and costs, read the full article here.