Arts programs significantly reduce recidivism. Studies in California showed that six months after release rates of parole violation for arts-in-corrections participants were 15% lower than nonparticipants. After two years this difference climbed to 30%.
Participation in arts programs reduces disciplinary infractions by adult inmates. In a California study, 75% of program participants had fewer infractions than nonparticipants.
Arts-in-correction participants are 30% less likely to have violated parole as those who did not participate in the program.