Every taxpayer dollar spent on educational and vocational training programs for prisoners saves five dollars on law enforcement and corrections expenditures in the future.By implementing various types of prison programming that have been proven effective, we can create a culture that helps to ensure those with a criminal history are better equipped for productive, law-abiding futures.Individuals who are incarcerated have children, spouses, family, and friends who desire to continue a relationship with them while they are in prison.
One of the arguments for prison reform has to do with reducing the number of people who are rearrested.
Upon leaving prison, those who have been incarcerated face significant barriers to their success upon returning to our communities.
These many barriers negatively impact public safety and inhibit those with a criminal record from achieving their full potential.
Prison programming is an effective way to help provide a person who is incarcerated with the crucial skills, education, and character development he or she will need to be successful when leaving the walls of a prison.
Here are just a few prison reform statistics showing positive results when prison facilities provide programming or allow non-profit organizations to provide such programming: Educational and vocational classes have been studied extensively and found to be some of the most effective programs in prison reform.
Research shows that these types of programs reduce recidivism by 13 percent, reduce incident reports for prisoner misconduct by 4 percent, and increase post-release employment by 13 percent.
Porporino, National Institute of Corrections Stemming the Tide: Strategies to Reduce the Growth and Cut the Cost of the Federal Prison System November, 2013: Julie Samuels, Nancy La Vigne, and Samuel Taxy, Urban Institute Smarter and Tougher on Crime August 12, 2013: Attorney General Eric Holder, Remarks to American Bar Association on the initial package of reforms dubbed the Justice Department’s “Smart on Crime” initiative. Pages 14-15 specifically address older people in prison.
RAPP response to Attorney General Eric Holder, “Smarter & Tougher on Crime” August 12, 2013: Mujahid Farid New York State COMPAS-Probation Risk and Need Assessment Study: Examining the Recidivism Scale’s Effectiveness and Predictive Accuracy August 2013: Prepared by Sharon Lansing, Ph. “You Can’t Get There From Here: Elderly Prisoners, Prison Downsizing, and the Insufficiency of Cost Cutting Advocacy” April, 2013: Elizabeth Rapaport, University of New Mexico School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper Series “The Dose-Response of Time Served in Prison on Mortality: New York State, 1989-203” March, 2013: Evelyn J.
This will ensure that those incarcerated can secure meaningful employment, acquire true closure after punishment is fulfilled, and avoid criminal behavior in the future.
Through prison programming, we can ensure safer communities, increased economic growth, and decrease the burden placed on taxpayers to support our growing correctional system.