Fice Of National Drug Control Policy

988 WordsJul 13, 20154 Pages
According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy published on November 30, 2011, more than 700,000 people are released from state and federal prisons each year (1). The Bureau of Justice Statistics states that in 1980 the amount of inmates that were incarcerated was around 300,000. That number has increased to over 1,600,000 inmates admitted into the state prisons which is shown to date by the Bureau of Justice Statistics in 2007(4). Showing the increase in these numbers only means that there will be even more people released into our communities once their prison sentence is up. Once inmates are released from prison, more than two-thirds are rearrested within three years of their release and half are re-incarcerated (1). There are many reasons as to why these prisoners may be rearrested after their release, some of which include not having a place to go once they are released, not having a job and not having the resources to be able to obtain help for any of these issues. There have been many policies and acts that have been implemented in order to try and break the cycle of arrest, incarceration, release and re-arrest. One of the biggest acts that has been implemented is the Second Chance Act. The Second Chance Act was proposed to the House of Representatives in 2005, but was not approved until after some amendments were made to it. It was then signed by President George W. Bush on April 9, 2008 (4). The Second Chance Act gives inmates a chance to succeed
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