Georgia Jail Creates Nation’s First Veterans Dorm

MUSCOGEE COUNTY, Ga. — Veterans returning home to Georgia may soon join other military members in a new dormitory reserved especially for them — in a jail.

In an attempt to break the cycle of recidivism, Sheriff John Darr created the new facility to give veteran-inmates services to help them deal with the issues often linked with decamping.

Since the veterans are grouped in the same area, they can bond with each other and receive medical treatment from a centralized location, staff said.

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Justice Department and States Address Prisoner Recidivism

WASHINGTON — On Dec. 8., the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP) sponsored a forum of policymakers from all 50 states to focus on improving success rates for people released from prison. The event positioned states to set goals, or to expand on existing goals, for reducing recidivism through cost-effective strategies in their communities.

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Study: Recidivism Rate Lingers at 40 Percent

WASHINGTON, D.C. — More than 40 percent of ex-cons commit crimes within three years of their release and wind up back behind bars, according to a new study.

The study released by the Pew Center on the States concluded the nation’s recidivism rate had only marginally improved even as spending on corrections facilities has increased to about $52 billion a year from about $30 billion a decade ago.

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CDCR Launches Parolee Resource Directory to Avert Recidivism

SACRAMENTO — The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation launched an online Community Resource Directory for parolees, their families and other community members in an effort to help offenders successfully reintegrate into their neighborhoods and reduce recidivism.
This new database makes a wealth of information available to help parolees find housing, jobs and services they need to turn their lives around and stay out of prison,” says Elizabeth Siggins, chief deputy secretary at CDCR for adult programs.
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