Mecklenburg County Linked Database. Appendix III. Rates of Exit and Recidivism for Selected Work First Cohorts


The following report provides information on exit and recidivism rates for nine entry cohorts and nine exit cohorts from 1995 – 1997.  Results show that exit rates did not change much over the three-year period.  For all nine entry cohorts, about half of customers left at about six months into the program.  Patterns of recidivism for the nine exit cohorts are not as clear.  Typically, only about a quarter of the exit cohorts returned to Work First within six months of leaving the program.  For two of the 1995 exit cohorts, about half of the customers had returned to Work First within 30 months of leaving.