Tag archive for ‘offenders’

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Parole Reform: It’s Here, But Will It Reduce Recidivism?

Prison reform advocates have long argued that national, state and local parole and probation systems share a significant role in producing high recidivism rates. Apparently, the legislators in one state that has the most acclaimed prison overcrowding problem have finally agreed with this premise, and done something about it. According to a recent story by […]

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 […]

Chopping Recidivism: Get Out and Stay Out – Part 1

A major national philanthropic award program, named the Purpose Prize, each year awards five $100,000 prizes to individuals over the age of 60 who have demonstrated uncommon vision, determination and entrepreneurialism in addressing community and national problems. In 2008, Mark Goldsmith won one of these prizes for his efforts “cutting recidivism rates through comprehensive reentry […]

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 […]

Why Tolerate Prisons That Produce 70% Recidivism?

Our ‘tough on crime’ approach lets both government and criminals ‘off the hook,’ says legal expert Jonathan Simon As originally published by the UC Berkeley NewsCenter By Cathy Cockrell In Part 1 of this two-part Q&A, UC Berkeley Law Professor Jonathan Simon talked about criminal sentencing and parole as practiced today in California. He concludes […]