The Importance of Restoration in the Reentry Process

In previous blogs we have discussed various topics related to inmates and their reentry and transition to civilian life.  The process is never easy, many fail at the attempt and thus, recidivism rates are inexcusably high.  However, there is a common thread to be observed among those inmates who succeed in the process.  They are reunited with family and friends, become gainfully employed and their lives become models to other inmates who have vowed never to return to prison.  Clear-thinking people want to know what makes the difference.

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.