Study: Prisons Failing to Deter Repeat Criminals in 41 States
04/13/2011 - The number of inmates returning to state prisons within three years of release has remained steady for more than a decade, a strong indicator that prison systems are failing to deter criminals from re-offending, a new study has concluded.
In one of the most comprehensive reports of its kind, the Pew Center on the States found that slightly more than four in 10 offenders return to prison within three years, a collective rate that has remained largely unchanged in years, despite huge increases in prison spending that now costs states $52 billion annually.
Adam Gelb, director of the Pew project, said that national prisoner return rates are likely to remain steady unless “states more deeply embrace” programs that better prepare offenders for re-entry and reward corrections officials for finding alternatives to prison for many non-violent offenders.
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