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Changing the Dialogue

In recent posts we have addressed the serious problem in America of recidivism – the return of released inmates to prison after committing another crime, being arrested, convicted, sentenced and returned to prison within 3 years after their previous release. The high numbers posted by both state and federal government officials range from 35% to over 70%. This represents a massive failure of a broken system, all paid for by taxpayers blissfully unaware or uncaring that their dollars are propping up such a boondoggle.

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Reentry and Transition to Civilian Life

Last time I addressed the true nature of recidivism which is by most standards out of control in many states. More importantly is the response IMR has taken in addressing this epidemic not through prison reform, but through the transformation of lives, one life at a time, through the power of Jesus Christ and His saving grace.

Rampant Recidivism and the Christian Response

The term Recidivism is legally defined in most circles as a prison inmate who is released and within 3 years commits another crime, is arrested, prosecuted and sentenced and returns to prison to serve more time. Some states boast a low recidivism rate percentage of released inmates in the mid-teens while others publish a figure in the mid 40% range. The barely hidden secret across America, however, is that the true recidivism rate hovers around 70%! Thus, 70% of all released inmates return to prison on a new charge within 3 years.