Tag archive for ‘inmates’

Reentry Effort for Drug Offenders a Start, But Short Funds

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 Prison Reentry […]

Rethinking Prison Education in the Era of Mass Incarceration

Rethinking Prison Education in the Era of Mass Incarceration

By Jeremy Travis President, John Jay College of Criminal Justice City University of New York Following is the main text of the Keynote Address by President Travis, kicking off the 2/4/2011 University Faculty Senate Conference on “Higher Education in the Prisons.” The thrust of his speech is clearly that public higher education can play an […]

Teamwork Needed to Keep Ex-Prisoners Out for Life

Teamwork Needed to Keep Ex-Prisoners Out for Life

By Mark Earley President and CEO of Prison Fellowship, and former Attorney General of Virginia The vast majority of inmates, prison cells are not their permanent address. Most prisoners will serve their sentences and then return back into our communities. What kind of neighbors will they be? If current trends continue, over half of them […]

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 […]

Recidivism Cure: Change Inmates’ Hearts, Inside Out

Recidivism Cure: Change Inmates’ Hearts, Inside Out

by Bill Glass Founder, Champions for Life Best known in the sports world as a former four-time All-Pro football player with the NFL’s Cleveland Browns, Bill Glass has continued to gain worldwide recognition over the decades as Founder and leader of the Champions for Life prison ministry. He is author of 11 books, including “Crime: […]

Wrongful Convictions Could Cost State Big Bucks

In the past week, two news items dealing with wrongful convictions came to light. One was for a Utah man freed after spending 4 ½ years in prison for a robbery; the other for a New York man released after serving 17 years for a murder he didn’t commit. In the former case, charges were […]

Transitional Programs Help Vets in Prison

The following article, a republication with permission from a local hometown Illinois newspaper, illustrates what can be done at local levels, with state support, to help reduce recidivism. Though local in nature, and specific to reentry programs for a special group of inmates, U.S. military veterans, it proves that it’s possible to slash prison return […]

Focus on Drug Treatment Expands; Recidivism Contracts

Prison reform advocates have long promoted the concept that treatment, rather than incarceration, would be a more effective and less costly alternative sentence for thousands of substance abusers comprising the majority of inmates now crowding the jails and prisons. Now a sitting judge of Harris County’s 177th Criminal District Court (TX) has added his voice […]

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 […]

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