Prisoner Re-Entry Programs in America

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America sends more of its citizens to prison than any other country in the world. The United States, though only five percent of the world’s population, incarcerate 25 percent of the world’s prisoners. America is supposed to be the land of the free, not the land of the incarcerated. About 6,937,600 offenders were under the supervision of adult correctional systems at year end 2012. Around two-thirds of the prison population which is released annually (637,400) will recidivate within the first three years of release (Glaze, 2013). The prisoner re-entry programs that are currently in place are clearly ineffective and insufficient. A reallocation of the budget is the first step towards fixing our re-entry programs. Once the budget is under control, the government needs to have a complete overhaul of system. There are many prisoner re-entry programs that have shown promise which means there is already a blueprint to success available. The first problem that prisoner re-entry programs face is the lack of monetary support. The government is focused on the punitive aspect rather than rehabilitation, therefore the majority of their money goes towards security. The 2014 Budget requests a total of $8.5 billion for federal prisons and detention centers, with a miniscule percentage going towards re-entry programs. Program increases totaling $236.2 million provide for the activations of newly constructed prisons and for new contract beds, allowing the Bureau of Prisons to
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