Archive for March, 2010

Florida’s Cash-Register Justice Stalls Re-entry Success

Florida’s Cash-Register Justice Stalls Re-entry Success

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 […]

Job Hunters Alert: Iowa Seeking 200 Corrections Personnel

Job Hunters Alert: Iowa Seeking 200 Corrections Personnel

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 from […]

New Recidivism Statistics Crush Old: How Does 82% Sound?

New Recidivism Statistics Crush Old: How Does 82% Sound?

Many city and county correctional systems boast of low recidivism rates, thanks to their favorite programs that try to prepare inmates for a better life outside bars. Even some states do likewise. But these measured rates are apparently always based on three-year followup studies. One new study has gone outside the box, and measured recidivism […]

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