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Offering more programs for inmates lowers recidivism rates

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Roughly 95% of currently incarcerated individuals will eventually be released, yet recidivism rates are frighteningly high (nearly 50% for federal offenders, higher for state offenders). The status quo – warehousing offenders for as long as possible, then hoping for the best once they’re out – clearly isn’t working.

Supporters of criminal justice reform want to lower recidivism rates by offering evidence-based programs (GED, substance abuse, job skills training) to low-risk inmates to increase the likelihood they’ll become law-abiding citizens and modest incentives to complete these programs. This has worked in many states and can at the federal level, too.

John Malcolm, Vice President, The Institute for Constitutional Government, and Director, Meese Center for Legal & Judicial Studies, The Heritage Foundation

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