Release from prison during an economic upswing may reduce the chance an offender returns to jail, a new study finds.
The issue: Over 10,000 prisoners are released from jail every week in the United States, according to the Department of Justice. Two-thirds are rearrested within three years. Academics have looked at numerous factors that may explain this recidivism rate. A new paper focuses on the role employment can play in helping former convicts adjust to life outside prison. Read More
Young@Heart, a chorus of seniors launched it Prison Project over two years ago. The chorus members join incarcerated individuals for choir practice twice a week. Read More
When I released for the last time in 2000, for my 27th parole violation, I didn’t know what to do. I knew that I would never be able to have a driver’s license in my name, build my credit enough to ever have a credit card, buy a car and I knew if I did get a car, it could never be in my name. With my criminal history, I knew I would never be able to rent a place of my own. I knew I could never have a job in my name- my résumé too spotty to say the least. In addition, I knew that my fines, fees and restitution would gobble up any of my paycheck – if I could ever get one. Read More
The Better People program is built around the cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) modality of Moral Reconation Therapy®. The September episode of the Freakonomics podcast titled “Preventing Crime for Pennies on the Dollar” featured exciting research about the benefits of CBT. Read More
On Monday, November 1 President Obama toured a drug rehab and met with former inmates in the city of Newark. The awareness generated by this visit brings light to the challenges Better People's clients face every day. Read More
On September 17, 2015 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Raúl M. Grijalva (D-Ariz.), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Rep. Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced bills to ban private prisons, reinstate the federal parole system and eliminate quotas for the number of immigrants held in detention. Read More