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Criminal justice reforms have reduced overcrowded U.S. prisons and jails, but unaddressed issues within probation and parole have led to overwhelmed community supervision systems and increased recidivism. […] Read More

Eighty-three percent of U.S. inmates were arrested at least once within the nine years following their release from incarceration, according to a U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) report released on May 23. Many previous studies measured recidivism over a three- or five-year period. By extending its study to nine years, BJS found a significant […] Read More

Efficient and effective integration of healthcare with other rehabilitative initiatives is essential to reducing recidivism, according a report from The Pew Charitable Trusts released on Oct. 18. “Emerging research suggests that underlying health issues, particularly substance use disorders and mental illness, contribute to incarceration and recidivism, and that treatment, combined with seamless care continuity for […] Read More

Criminal justice reforms in 33 U.S. states have reduced the overall prison population, Pew Charitable Trust reported on its podcast, “After the Facts.” Crime rates also have declined. The U.S. prison population began expanding rapidly in the 1970s, peaking around 2007 with 1 in 100 persons being imprisoned, podcast host Dan LeDuc noted in his […] Read More

Bipartisan prison reform legislation set forth late last week offers light to pierce the darkness of political partisanship and gridlock. The proposed bill was set forth by Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and assistant Democratic leader Dick Durbin (D-Illinois), who have been joined by John Cornyn (R-Texas), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-Rhode Island), Mike Lee […] Read More

There is a documentary you probably shouldn’t watch unless you’re prepared to become engaged in the prison community because “Through the Door,” which is about people doing just that, is likely to leave you eager to join them. While the film focuses on Baptist groups doing work in prisons in Tennessee, Virginia, Alabama, Texas, Indiana […] Read More

Her name is Mickey and she found me on Tuesday of last week, timid and uncertain. If you look up the definition of “mousy” in the dictionary, the entry should have her picture next to it. She is petite and naive looking. Though 26 years old, she looks 18 or 19. But spend some time […] Read More

When we entered an administrative section of the Bibb County Correctional Facility, we observed an officer and several inmates packing up computers. Inmates were placing black monitors and hard drives in what appeared to be the original shipping containers. Dressed in all white, one inmate used a packing tape dispenser to seal the boxes. Another […] Read More

Religious involvement leads to positive life change for those released from prison, according to a recent study that will appear in a forthcoming publication of the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. An advance copy was provided to Michael Hallett, professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of North Florida, […] Read More

A study of Nebraska’s correctional system cited rehabilitative services as a key factor in addressing overcrowding, growing prison costs and high recidivism rates. “Corrections systems can grow commensurate with their failure rate, as offenders leaving the system re-enter,” said the study conducted by the Platte Institute in conjunction with the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “Thus, […] Read More