The Criminal Justice Reform Movement is On It's Way to Making History
There is no doubt that the price tag on imprisonment is a burden on the American taxpayers. This burden began with the mass incarceration craze of the late 1980's. Likewise, it is a well known reality that, a major portion of ex-prisoners re-offend and return to prison soon after their release. Some of the most recent statistics are published in the FAIR SHAKE resource guide, www.fairshake.net, which shows a shocking 76.6% recidivism rate within five years of release. This means that true prison reform should include a high level of reentry planning in an effort to stop the revolving door to the prisons. If American taxpayers want to ease the multi-billion dollar burden of mass incarceration they must consider ways to stop the leak before filling the tax dollar bucket, yet again this year.