Articles worth reading: Costs of prison, impact of recidivism

Posted: June 30, 2014 by Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) in Articles on Incarceration and Recidivism
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Each week, we read a number of prison and recidivism articles from various online resources. Here are our top picks from what we’ve read recently.

Let us know what you think about each of these articles! Please comment below or contact us via Facebook or Twitter.

Interactive Map Shows How Much Prisons Cost in America:
http://mashable.com/2014/05/05/prison-map-interactive/?utm_cid=Mash-Prod-RSS-Feedburner-All-Partial&utm_content=My+Yahoo

The United States prison system is costing American taxpayers nearly $39 billion. This interactive map provides a great visual to show the distribution of this money. Check out the highest spending states: California at $7.9 billion, New York at $3.5 billion and Texas at $3.3 billion. It’s time we start to rethinking prison!

3 In 4 Former Prisoners in 30 States Arrested Within 5 Years of Release:
http://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/press/rprts05p0510pr.cfm

This information from the Bureau of Justice Statistics gives some interesting statistics about recidivism. Imagine just how low we can get the recidivism rate if we re-think the prison system.

America’s Recidivism Nightmare: http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/04/22/america-s-recidivism-nightmare.html

“One of the biggest factors [recidivism] is age. The prison population is getting older, Durose told The Daily Beast.” /blockquote>

This doesn’t have to be the case. There is an incredible amount of talent behind bars. We can tap this talent if we rethink prison.

What do you think?

Comments
  1. MelMaltz@aol.com says:

    Imagine what would happen to the expense to Texas prison populations if PEP were to receive annually for 5 years 0.1% (1/10 of 1%) of the cost to Texas to design, train, and establish PEP programs for all eligible prisoners?

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