Tag archive for ‘Virginia’

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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