Budget cuts make it so that prisons are not able to adequately provide rehabilitation and job training to inmates. With nothing to keep them busy or giving them hope of a better life outside of prison, inmates resort to criminal acts inside of prison. One inmate said, “I learned to be a better criminal in prison.”
In many cases, inmates are released into a world where no job opportunities or housing options are made available to them, riddled with untreated anger and resentment, and with no skills to become productive members of society. The current system is setting up released inmates to fail and is not helping them upon release, further increasing recidivism rates.
Findings prove that not only are prisons failing prisoners, but so is society. Advocacy efforts are not as high as they should be for a cause that affects so many and has widespread effects on our country.
Faith Behind Bars & Beyond