Ann Hoyt of the University of Wisconsin Center for Cooperatives will discuss her research regarding how Italian Social Co-ops Reduce Recidivism. She has found that social co-ops in Italy, which employ ex-cons, have played a major role in reducing the recidivism rate from 70-80% down to 20-30%. What are the implications for the US and Milwaukee? We’ll find out. Here’s the description she sent us:
Title: “I’m Outta Here – With a Job!”
Description: In 2009 and 2011 Ann Hoyt was a visiting researcher at the University of Trento, Italy where she visited worker cooperatives designed to support offenders and ex-offenders. She studied the cooperative business potential for providing post-release support and reducing recidivism; the legal and financial structures that support these co-ops; methods used for organizing them, and possibilities for adapting this model to American re-entry programs. Ann will share what she learned in Italy, answer questions and discuss the potential for offender co-ops in Wisconsin. Ann is Professor and Chair of the Department of Consumer Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Consumer Cooperative Specialist at UW-Extension.