Prison Education Project ( Pep )

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Prison Education Project (PEP) was created by Dr. Renford Reese in 2011 to provide currently incarcerated inmates with an opportunity to be reeducated and properly equipped to return back to society. Yet an important question is raised as to why such a program was needed in the first place. It is no surprise that California demonstrated a failed and poor criminal justice system. According to E. Ann Carson and Daniela Golinelli, California incarcerated more adults in prison than any other state in the U.S. prisons in the state were ridiculous crowed. Many reports indicated that the state failed to supervise parolee’s effectively; a 2003 report found that 70 percent of the state’s parole population returned to prison within 18 months of release, which was calculated to cost the state nearly $1 billion per year (Little Hoover Commission, 2003). According to the 2013 California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) report, males had a 62.4 percent recidivism rate, which was 13.5 percentage points greater than those of females. Younger felons had the highest recidivate rate and inmates released at the age of 24 or younger returned to prison at a rate of 67.2 percent. Recidivism rates were highest among Native Americans/Alaska Natives (69.9 percent), Black/African Americans (66.1 percent), and Whites (64.0 percent) (CDCR, 2013). It is no surprise that even after two years since the United States Supreme Court decision the California Department of Corrections and

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