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A social policy experiment is spreading across the country as a new way to finance, deliver, and improve public services and problems. But its merits are so far unproven. Thousands of teenage inmates began receiving group therapy aimed at improving their moral reasoning by addressing their beliefs and thought processes in a step-by-step treatment.
The goal was to reduce the number of repeat offenses once the inmates were released. Academic studies using the method, known as moral reconation therapy, had reported success in reducing recidivism. Still, no one had ever scaled up these studies to accommodate anything like the 9, inmates the four-year Rikers Island program aimed to serve.
This month, the program is coming to an abrupt end. New York City was to pay the investment firm back if the repeat offense rate went down by at least 10 percent over four years. In June, a preliminary report showed the program not only was missing its recidivism target, it had no impact on the rate altogether.
Goldman Sachs moved swiftly and took a contract option to cancel the program one year early. The first social impact bond program in the United States has officially failed.
In fact, these attempts to link altruistic policy goals with the pursuit of private profit have been gaining steam as the latest promising innovation in public finance. The mere announcement of the Rikers project back in was a catalyst for action in dozens of other jurisdictions.
Cash-strapped governments quickly became sold on the concept that they can use private money from investors for preventive social programs -- money the government will have to pay back only if the programs produce the desired measurable outcomes. Media outlets have often touted the innovative financing tool with few notes about the complicated nature of the projects.
But as the enthusiasm for social impact bonds has grown, so has skepticism about the concept of partnering with the private sector to accomplish social goals. Last spring, a congressional hearing on the subject ended on a negative note as critics questioned the complicated structure of program contracts between governments, investors and the various private operators involved.
Angus King, squinting with disbelief. This strikes me as a fancy way of contracting out. That development and the news from the Rikers project underscore the fact that the merits of social impact bond programs are entirely unproven. The programs are so new, in fact, that people are still arguing about what to call them.
Some say that referring to them as bond investments is misleading because they are not like actual government bonds that are bought and sold on a public market. Social impact bonds got their start five years ago in the U.
Investors and social services professionals formed a group called Social Finance and made Peterborough their first investment. Caseworkers help get ex-cons ID cards, set them up with doctors, encourage them to take classes and help them find counseling.
The argument for doing something at Peterborough was compelling. In Britain, 60 percent of those who serve short-term sentences land back in jail within a year. The Peterborough program, which will conclude next year, aims to reduce recidivism by 7.
The buzz about it and its new financing method via private investors led to the flurry of experiments at the state and local level in the United States.
In DecemberNew York became the first state to try social impact bonds, launching a program aimed at reducing recidivism and increasing employment among 2, ex-offenders. All told, more than two dozen states and localities have now taken up or considered a social impact bond project.
These bond deals are being used to address all sorts of social problems, including early childhood education, homelessness, health and criminal justice. No two projects are the same. Each must draw up its own contract with service providers and with the project evaluators who track the outcomes.
None of the new projects can be modeled after an existing one; each is its own social experiment and must be built from the ground up. The state is setting aside money every year for a separate fund to pay back investors if the seven-year project meets its goals.
The Rikers Island project, on the other hand, was financed entirely by Goldman Sachs, with Bloomberg Philanthropies insuring three-quarters of the money.
The stated goals vary considerably. While the goal at Rikers was to reduce recidivism by at least 10 percent, Massachusetts is targeting a 40 percent reduction in jail days over seven years for the nearly 1, offenders in the study.Economic profit does not occur in perfect competition in long run equilibrium; if it did, there would be an incentive for new firms to enter the industry, aided by a lack of barriers to entry until there was no longer any economic profit.
In fact, any profit, from a mathematical point of view, rather than cultural, is an exchange at an unfair value, . Are Governments 'Paying for Failure' With Social Impact Bonds? A social policy experiment is spreading across the country as a new way to finance, deliver, and improve public services and problems.
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