Prisoner Reentry

Topics: Economy, Crime & Safety, Government

Prisoner Reentry

From 1987 to 2007, states collectively increased their spending on corrections by more than 315% (from $10.6 billion to $44 billion). Nearly all of the funds spent on state corrections systems are allocated to prisons, and between 1985 and 2000, spending on prisons grew at more than five times the rate of higher education. Today’s prison population includes many who are suffering from mental illness and/or addictions, as well as many non-violent and first-time offenders whose incarceration was dictated by mandatory sentences. But widespread incarceration may be creating more problems that it solves. The children of convicts are more likely to end up in the system themselves. Ex-offenders often struggle to find jobs and housing, putting additional strain on homeless shelters and emergency rooms, and leading to higher rates of recidivism. 

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Created On: 04/26/2011

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Justice Reinvestment in Ohio Summary Report of Analyses.pdf

Lia Lockert – Similar in content to the "Conference Summary," this report by the Council of States Justice Center provides a great overview analysis of Ohio's criminal justice system and guidance for the development of policy options.

Justice Reinvestment in Ohio Conference Summary.pdf

Lia Lockert – From the Council of State Governments Justice Center

State_Recidivism_Revolving_Door_America_Prisons .pdf

Lia Lockert – "The Revolving Door of America's Prisons" - a report compiled by the Pew Center on the States

Prisons for Profit ACLU Report.pdf

Lia Lockert – "A look at prison privatization" - a report compiled by the ACLU of Ohio

Smart on Crime - Buckeye Inst.pdf

Lia Lockert – "With Prison Costs on the Rise, Ohio Needs Better Policies for Protecting the Public" - a report compiled by the Buckeye Institute for Public Policy Solutions

FAQ about Prisoner Reentry.pdf

Lia Lockert – FAQs about Prisoner Reentry

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