The First Line of Defense: Reducing Recidivism at the Local Level

Testimony

The First Line of Defense: Reducing Recidivism at the Local Level

Hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs
November 5, 2009

Abstract

The traditional approach to incarceration is to keep inmates locked upaway from societyto keep us safe. With little treatment and transition planning, most individuals are released with the same problems that got them locked up in the first place. In the past decade, we have realized that almost everyone who is incarcerated will eventually return home; this is especially true of the jail population. The big question: how do we incarcerate and release individuals in a way that makes them less likely to reoffend and more likely to work, support their families, pay taxes, and be productive members of society?

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