Lack of Prisons Rehabilitation Programs Essay

1214 Words Jul 29th, 2011 5 Pages
Lack of Rehabilitation in the Prison System
Michelle Cyrus
COM/156
March 13, 2011
Gregory Downing

By the lack of rehabilitation programs in the state and federal prison systems, the chances of convicts releasing and returning back to prison increases rapidly. The lack of rehabilitation is one of the most leading causes to an offenders relapse or to a new crime that will be committed within 3 years from the offender’s release. A rehabilitation program
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1,346 less inmates are not receiving substance abuse while incarcerated due to the budget cuts we are receiving. 1.9 % of $7.2 billion is spent on preventing or decreasing substance abuse as well as programming, according to Promises Treatment Centers (2011).
Once the offender is released from prison with still no understanding of how to re enter society they resort back to what they know. However, some state and federal facilities are offering rehabilitation programs within the prison systems. Some federal prisons offer GED programs, college classes, and apprenticeships. There are also many of prisons who offer drug classes such as nonresidential drug abuse programs as well as the drug education class, 500 hr residential drug program. Some also offer classes that will get an inmate mentally ready before they release. In the state prisons they offer college classes in some as well as apprenticeships, and a drug class. What I have seen is that federal prisons are still offering a good bit of programs threw the poor economy while the state is cutting programs from left to right. I witnessed this statistic in person January 2010,21 inmates at Greenville Federal Prison Camp completed a 500-hr residential treatment program out of 21 inmates who was released in the same three days only one has returned back to prison to this exact day. However the first three years out for an…