Housing D.C. Code Felons Far Away from Home: Effects on Crime, Recidivism, and Reentry

Testimony

Housing D.C. Code Felons Far Away from Home: Effects on Crime, Recidivism, and Reentry

Before the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Federal Workforce, Postal Service, and the District of Columbia
May 5, 2010

Abstract

Successfully reintegrating prisoners into society hinges on connecting them to jobs, housing, substance abuse treatment, faith-based institutions, and other resources, Nancy La Vigne told a U.S. House subcommittee. Reaching that goal is made more difficult by the long distances that often separate incarcerated men and women from their families and communities. District of Columbia felons are typically incarcerated over a hundred miles from their families, potential employers, and postrelease services. As much as 20 percent are housed more than 500 miles from their homes.

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