Archive for September, 2009

It’s the Jobs, Stupid!

It’s the Jobs, Stupid!

“This is really important because if they can’t get employment, they can’t get housing, so the first thing they’re going to do is go back to the streets and sling drugs.” (Ex-offender now serving as Director of a private Michigan re-entry program) A couple of political campaigns back, the slogan “It’s the Economy, Stupid” was […]

Prison Officials Bow to Pressure and Reverse Book Ban

Virginia prison officials, bowing to pressure from multiple sources, reversed their recent decision to ban the Books Behind Bars program. As a result, Virginia inmates will once again be able to get books from the nonprofit Quest Institute, including Bibles, dictionaries and many others. This program was halted just a month ago after corrections officials […]

Chopping Recidivism: Get Out and Stay Out – Part 2

On August 25th, 2009, The-Slammer.org published Part 1 of a commentary by Mark Goldsmith, winner of a $100,000 Purpose Prize for his work to reduce the recidivism rate for young offenders serving time on Rikers Island, New York City’s largest corrections facility. Following is Part 2 of his commentary. – ED By Mark Goldsmith Following […]

Two Reentry Programs Prove Local Efforts Cut Recidivism

Santa Barbara County, CA Every year 1000 to 1400 offenders are released back to Santa Barbara County from California state prisons. Most have no home, no job, and no skills, and no hope of making it. The vast majority have serious addiction problems; many are mentally ill. The state gives them a bus ticket to […]

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