Reducing Recidivism: The Challenge of Successful Prisoner Re-Entry
On August 17, 2011, The Huffington Post featured a blog post, “Reducing Recidivism: The Challenge of Successful Prisoner Re-Entry” which makes the case for easing prisoners re-entry and reducing the occurrence of them returning to prison. Finding housing is one of the three biggest challenges faced by former prisoners re-entering the community.
Paul Heroux, the author notes in his article:
When inmates are sentenced and serve time behind bars they have a lot of time on their hands. This time can be used to improve the inmate, or not. While in prison, if available, inmates can participate in various recidivism reducing treatment programs. This include but are not limited to anger management, drug treatment, education and vocation training, sex offender relapse prevention, to name a few. Programs are necessary but not entirely sufficient.
After release from prison, life often becomes more difficult for ex-offenders that it was while locked-up. The three most pressing re-entry challenges are: a place to live/housing; drug treatment/medical care; and employment. A deficiency in any one of these three is a serious risk factor to relapse.