Should Prison Programs Help Benefit Inmates

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The United States has the largest prison population in the world, with more than 2.2 million inmates in federal, local, and state prisons. Many ex-offenders struggle to “fit back in” to their communities and face many difficult obstacles in re-entering the job market. There are many programs that can help inmates with job skills, education, and cognitive skills; that way when they are released from the facility, they are able to face their communities a little more comfortably. My question is: can prison programs help benefit inmates in and out of the facility? “Jobs not Jails,” and “Nothing stops a bullet like a job,” are mottos that help former gang members and ex cons become productive members of their community and serve as role models for at-risk youth. (Kevin Wehr, Aseltine, Elyshia). Officials say that we need to build more prisons to house offenders, so we pour more money into prison construction and up-keeping, while at the same time we cut welfare, money for education, and job training programs. These are policies and programs that are known to reduce crime. If inmates are introduced to job training programs while they are serving their time, then it could be very helpful when trying to get back on your feet. Pirasteh 2 A 2014 U.S. National Research Council report, authored by some of the nation’s leading criminal justice scholars, notes: Many people enter prison with educational deficits and could benefit from education while incarcerated.
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