Tag archive for ‘parole’

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 […]

Cutting Recidivism:  What Works, What Doesn’t

Cutting Recidivism: What Works, What Doesn’t

By Edward J. Latessa, Ph.D. Professor & Director School of Criminal Justice University of Cincinnati There’s a right way and many wrong ways to solve most problems, including the problem of how to reduce high offender recidivism rates. Scholarly researchers have identified the approaches that do work, and revealed those that don’t.-ED “What works” is […]

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 […]

California Not Soon Likely to Free 40,000; Maybe 27,000

California Not Soon Likely to Free 40,000; Maybe 27,000

Despite all the hype over a federal judicial panel ruling ordering the State of California to come up with a plan to release over 40,000 inmates to slash prisons overcrowding, it’s unlikely to happen very fast, if at all. First of all, the state’s lawyers are mulling whether or not the court’s ruling to come […]

How to Keep Your Kids Out of Prison

By Dick Witherow, Author “The Modern Day Leper” I know what you’re thinking: “My kids will never have to go to prison!” I certainly hope not. However statistics tell us that in today’s society, it is a very strong possibility. The Pew Report of March 2009, titled “One in 31,” tells us that the population […]

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 […]

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 […]

State Budgets Dictate Alternative Sentencing

According to an article in The Washington Times, over half of America’s states are attempting to reduce the growth rate in their prison populations by either experimenting with alternative sentencing methods, or by employing new probation and parole methodology, with some states doing both. Is this a revival of altruistic thinking? No, it’s the almighty […]

“Doing Time”    by Jack (Murf the Surf) Murphy

“Doing Time” by Jack (Murf the Surf) Murphy

Jack (Murf the Surf) Murphy reveals his personal straight-talk insight of incarceration issues.