Recidivism And Rehabilitation

Satisfactory Essays
Alexander Shtindler
9 Blue Bird Lane
Marlboro Township, NJ 07751

October 14, 2016

Heather Bowlds
Deputy Director of Operations and Programs in the CDCR (California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation)
CDCR Headquarters
P O Box 4038, Suite 350
Sacramento, CA 95812-4038

Re: Proposing further research into the effectiveness of different types of prison system around the world in order to make prisons in California more rehabilitating

Dear Mrs. Bowlds,

While investigating the correlation between the way in which the United States prison system treats its prisoners, and the amount of people who return to prison after release, it became apparent to me that there must be better ways to punish people for the crime they committed while
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Recidivism is one of the most fundamental concepts in criminal justice. It refers to a person's relapse into criminal behavior, often after the person receives sanctions or undergoes intervention for a previous crime. Recidivism is measured by criminal acts that resulted in rearrest, reconviction or return to prison with or without a new sentence during a three-year period following the prisoner's release. In…show more content…
The report also sheds light on some factors that affect recidivism including the fact that 73% of the recidivists committed a new crime or violated parole within the first year of their release from prison. Such high prison recidivism rates represent a complete failure of the prison system to achieve its supposed goals of deterrence and rehabilitation. I believe that it is possible to improve the state prisons in California, in an effort to lower recidivism rates by researching different prison systems all around the world and making calculated adjustments accordingly. One country in particular that has a prison system vastly different from that of the United States is Germany. In German prisons, the men serving time wore their own clothes, not prison uniforms. Each cell was bright with natural light, decorated with personalized items such as wall hangings, plants, family photos and colorful linens brought from home. Each cell also had its own bathroom separate from the sleeping area and a phone to call home with. With proper research it may become
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