Tag archive for ‘recidivism’

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 […]

Eric Holder Convening Group to Work on Reentry Issues

Eric Holder Convening Group to Work on Reentry Issues

Following immediately below is a key excerpt from a July 13, 2010 speech by United States Attorney General Eric Holder, as presented before the Project Safe Neighborhood’s Annual Conference in New Orleans. While the speech spanned wide aspects of joint efforts to reduce violent crime, what was especially notable and welcome was Holder’s emphasis that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Florida’s Private Prisons Short on Proof of Recidivism Cuts

Florida’s lawmakers privatized 6 of the state’s 62 prisons, both with hopes of saving taxpayers money and to reap a promised reduction in recidivicm rates, in comparison with public prisons. According to a just-released fiscal and policy report, over a decade of experience shows no firm evidence that the latter goal is being achieved. Over […]

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 […]

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 […]

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