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Incarceration’s Three R’s

Webster’s dictionary defines recidivism as “a tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior; especially to relapse into criminal behavior.” The United States has twenty five percent of the world’s inmates despite having only five percent of the world’s population. One major reason for our substantial incarceration rate arises from our high […]

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Education In Prisons: Harvard vs. Prison

For decades, many have argued that providing education to inmates was an exercise in futility. This argument was destroyed when the Harvard debating team lost to their opponents from the Eastern New York Correctional Facility. The inmates promoted an argument which actually was the opposite of their personal beliefs. The debate issue was: “Public schools […]

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4% Recidivism Rate

The national recidivism rate for inmates over 65 is 4%. By comparison, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, About two-thirds (67.8%) of released prisoners were arrested for a new crime within 3 years, and three-quarters (76.6%) were arrested within 5 years. Within 5 years of release, 84.1% of inmates who were age 24 or younger at […]

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The Three R’s: Rehabilitation, Re-Entry, & Recidivism

Webster’s dictionary defines recidivism as “a tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behavior; especially to relapse into criminal behavior.” The United States has twenty five percent of the world’s inmates despite having only five percent of the world’s population. One major reason for our substantial incarceration rate arises from our high […]

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Inmate Returns Home

Inmate Walter Unbehaun was granted his wish to go home when a federal judge ordered a 31/2 year prison sentence for a 2013 bank robbery. The judge noted that the defendant had numerous convictions since he was a young man and had spent most of his adult life in prison since he was 22. Walter […]

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