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Chelsea Bertram SW 200 – Section 1 12/2/08 Topic Paper The Rising Rates of Recidivism : Research shows that when people who are released from prison or jail return to the community, their opportunities of obtaining and securing work, housing, and health have all but diminished (Justice Center: The Council of State Governments, 2006). Not only does this make it near impossible for these reentering inmates to get their lives on the right track, but it barely allows them to be a citizen at all. This leads to the unsettling truth that most people released from prison and jail fail at removing themselves from the cycle of crime and punishment. Moreover, the success rates of prisoners’ reentry into the community have dropped sufficiently: in 1984, 70 percent of parolees successfully completed their parole term. By 2002, that number had dropped to 45 percent. (Justice Center: The Council of State Governments, 2006). Much of the reasoning for this comes from the inability for the government to fund the ever-increasing budgets in correction facilities, resulting in large amounts of prisoner release and minimum rehabilitation programs to prepare these individuals. While approximately 75 percent of people released from incarceration have a history of substance abuse, only 10 percent in state
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prison and 3 percent in local jails receive formal treatment prior to release. Only 35 percent of those released from prison participated in educational programs during their incarceration; and
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