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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 […]

Wrongful Executions: “Fail-Safe” Judicial Systems Do Fail

Wrongful Executions: “Fail-Safe” Judicial Systems Do Fail

By Gretchen Cothron Forensic Research Consultant Throughout the history of capital punishment in the United States, innocent people have been wrongfully convicted and executed. U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia opined in State v. Marsh that, “the dissent does not discuss a single case — not one — in which it is clear that a […]

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 […]

It’s the Jobs, Stupid!

It’s the Jobs, Stupid!

“This is really important because if they can’t get employment, they can’t get housing, so the first thing they’re going to do is go back to the streets and sling drugs.” (Ex-offender now serving as Director of a private Michigan re-entry program) A couple of political campaigns back, the slogan “It’s the Economy, Stupid” was […]

Some Actions Underway to Reduce Recidivism; Not Enough

There’s an old retort that’s sometimes used to quiet a noisy heckler: “Sir, you have a magnificent grasp of the obvious.” Unfortunately, it seems that only a few of our politicians or other governmental officials do “grasp the obvious” when it comes to initiating ways to reduce recidivism. Defined as “an ex-inmate’s return to prison […]

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 […]

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