Following below is a republication in entirety of a timely editorial that appeared in the March 19, 2012 issue of one of South Florida’s major newspapers, the Sun Sentinel. The editorial clearly portrays that progress aimed at reducing Florida’s ex-inmate recidivism is underway, but because of budget cuts not yet a slam dunk.-ED
Florida’s practice of financing its criminal justice system with fees from the indigent creates a vicious cycle of debt for ex-offenders that threatens their successful re-entry into society, according to a new Brennan Center report released on March 23, 2010.
Since 1996, the study shows, the Sunshine state has added more than 20 new categories [...]
Surprisingly, even in these times of ten percent unemployment and widespread state budgetary crises, Iowa’s Department of Corrections intends to hire about 200 personnel, mostly for work as corrections officers, but others for counselors, probation officers and residential officers. These much-needed new hires come about as the result of the loss of 362 employees [...]
Following immediately below is a key excerpt from a July 13, 2010 speech by United States Attorney General Eric Holder, as presented before the Project Safe Neighborhood’s Annual Conference in New Orleans. While the speech spanned wide aspects of joint efforts to reduce violent crime, what was especially notable and welcome was Holder’s emphasis that [...]