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Two Major Organizations Join Forces to Cut Recidivism

Two Major Organizations Join Forces to Cut Recidivism

On June 16th, 2010, Goodwill Industries and Prison Fellowship signed an agreement to collaborate on job training and mentoring services for ex-prisoners and at-risk youth, and to influence public policy initiatives. Goodwill® and Prison Fellowship will work together to engage their respective staff members nationwide and encourage local community partners — including businesses, social agencies, […]

Multinational Drug Court Report Shows Cuts in Recidivism

Multinational Drug Court Report Shows Cuts in Recidivism

A recently released report prepared by American University, in conjunction with the Inter-American Drug Abuse Commission (CICAD), for the OAS’s April 21-23, 2010 Drug Summit in Lugo, Spain provides proof positive that activities by “drug courts” (DTC’s) in multiple countries effectively and dramatically appear to be reducing offender recidivism rates, while providing significant financial incentives […]

Addressing Drug Addiction among Offenders

Addressing Drug Addiction among Offenders

by Diana DiNitto Distinguished Teaching Professor, University of Texas On November 19, 2009, Professor DiNitto had the opportunity to testify before a hearing of the United States Sentencing Commission, marking the 25th anniversary of the passage of the Sentencing Reform Act of 1984. She highlights her major points from that appearance in the following commentary.- […]

SCRAM: Drink and Go to Jail; Resist and Start a New Life

An alcohol detection anklet that’s been around for only a few years has this year been finally adopted by courts in 48 of our 50 states as a tool for remotely monitoring released offenders who are not a community threat when sober. As little as five years ago, only 19 states had approved this electronic […]

Congress Set to Dump “Second Chance for Ex-Offenders Act”

Congress Set to Dump “Second Chance for Ex-Offenders Act”

By Thomas Kinney The prisons are full, recidivism rate 65-70 percent, system is broken, can’t afford it any more, something must be done; we need judicial reform and a just released study confirms that the good old US of A has the highest prison population rate in the world, 756 per 100,000 of the national […]

Recidivism: Work-First Programs May Help

Recidivism: Work-First Programs May Help

SaSreFrom CITY JOURNAL By Kimberly Hendrickson Mayors Put Work First: Reentry programs for ex-prisoners show promise About 700,000 federal and state prisoners return home each year in America, and most soon commit more crimes. A 2002 Department of Justice study found that over 67 percent of released prisoners are rearrested within three years; about half, […]

Hearing: National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009

United States Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) is probably the most outspoken advocate of prison reform and recidivism reduction in Congress. On March 26, 2009, Sen. Webb introduced a bill in the Senate entitled “The National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2009.” This Act if passed will create a blue-ribbon commission to look at every aspect […]

Government Takes Aim at Prison Rape

Government Takes Aim at Prison Rape

photo by ecpark From an NPREC press release dated June 23, 2009. Calling sexual abuse of people in government custody “totally incompatible with American values,” the bipartisan federal National Prison Rape Elimination Commission issued a landmark report dated 6/23/09 on sexual abuse in U.S. correctional and detention facilities, and proposed the first comprehensive blueprint to […]

State Considers Cutting Re-Entry Program

From the blog ctnewsjunkie.com Connecticut’s Governor Rell has proposed eliminating the successful “Stride” re-enty program aimed at saving the state $600,000 over the next two years in order to grapple with an $8 billion deficit. But ex-offenders, lawmakers and advocates are urging caution, noting that state legislature hearings on the criminal justice system revealed that […]

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