Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Can We Produce Fewer Criminals?

Florida's Coalition for smart justice which met this week discussed the following options for reducing Florida's 33 percent recidivism rate:

• "Re-entry" programs that begin to prepare inmates for their return to society as the end of their sentence approaches.

• Treatment for mental health issues or substance abuse, which affect a large percentage of the prison population.

• "Character-based" programs based on broad networks of community volunteers working with inmates in a structured curriculum."

Read the full article by Howard Troxler in The St. Petersburg Times, Instead of Building More Prisons, Why Not Produce Fewer Criminals?

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