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Rehabilitation and Reentry

Prison Crowding Makes States Look to Rehabilitation

State spending on corrections grew to $35.6 billion in 2006, a 10% increase over 2005 spending levels.  This level of increase was higher than state growth in education or Medicaid and is due in large part to overcrowding, high rates of repeat offenses, or recidivism, and correctional employee health costs.  In response, states are putting more funding behind rehabilitation programs, efforts to prevent recidivism, and reforming sentencing guidelines to make the time better fit the crime.   

Union Construction Jobs offer a Way out of Gang Life

With nearly 650,000 people released from state and federal prison every year, programs need to be available to support reentry into society.  Faced with a shortage of members, the building-trades unions of California have begun recruiting for apprenticeship programs in communities of color where many young men have criminal pasts. 

Ex-Prisoner Reentry and Reintegration

Nearly 650,000 people are released from state and federal prison every year, with larger numbers reentering communities from local jails. Over 50 percent of those released from incarceration are sent back to prison for a parole violation or new crime within 3 years.

Unlocking the Prison Puzzle

An innovative correction reform program is currently underway in Alabama to decrease the number of long prison sentences. The Pew Charitable Trusts' Public Safety Performance Project and the Vera Institute of Justice teamed together to implement a four year project that supports in-depth research and education for policymakers and the public to help states increase public safety, manage corrections spending, and hold offenders accountable. Alabama is the first of eight states to implement the pilot program.