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Background: Throughout the Department of Justice’s Correction system, there has been an increase in recidivism rates among violent offenders According to a national study within 3 years of being released from prison 70 percent of the prisoners released from prison in 2002 were rearrested for other crimes while 50 percent were imprisoned again. In order to combat this negative trend states have begun to implement prisoner reentry programs , which are programs designed to “ promote the effective reintegration of offenders back to communities upon release from prison and jail.” ( http://www.reentry.gov/learn.html ) Reentry programs, which often involve a comprehensive case management approach, are intended to assist offenders in acquiring the life skills needed to succeed in the community and become law-abiding citizens. A variety of programs are used to assist offenders in the reentry process, including prerelease programs, drug rehabilitation and vocational training, and work programs.” (
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Unformatted text preview: http://www.reentry.gov/learn.html ). I Policy Problem: Do offender re-entry programs decrease recidivism rates among violent offenders while aiding long term rehabilitation? Analysts Problem: To determine whether or not offender re-entry programs have an effect on recidivism rates for violent offenders. How effective have re-entry programs been in reducing recidivism rates among violent offenders in states where the programs has already been implemented? To determine the costs and benefits of Offender re-entry program To determine from the prisoner’s perspective what effect re-entry programs have on their transition back into society. To determine what externailities and implementation problems may arise from the implementation of offender re-entry programs. To evaluate alternative programs to combat recidivism among violent offenders. Legislative History: Political Environment:...
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