Case Analysis : Prisoner Reentry Programming

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Prisoner Reentry Programming
Lorenzo de la Rosa
SPEA-J 439 Crime and Public Policy
School of Public Environmental Affairs
Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis

Reentry into the community is a goal of the prisoner. It is a realistic aspiration as over 95 percent of those incarcerated will eventually be released. However, reentry is also a goal for the corrections system. Their approach of doing so involves intervening during the reentry process through programming. They seek to reduce recidivism rates after inmate release; recidivism is measured by re-arrest rates for released prisoners.

Discussion of policy
It is important to tackle prison reentry to ensure the safety of the community and to open up a second chance for first-time offenders. This paper will first explore the role of the risk-need-responsivity (RNR) model in reentry and then outline the several areas of reentry programming and determine their effectiveness or lack thereof. Research is still needed because of the pervasive recidivism rates among ex-offenders. Criminologists posit that at least 42% of those released were back in the criminal justice system within 2 years, the majority of whom within the first 6 months (Cooper, Durose & Snyder, 2014; Taxman & Caudy, 2000). There is also a problem of parole violations accounting for re-incarceration rates (Travis, 2000). As for the type of crime, a report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics reveals that offenders…
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