The Recidivism Challenge
Recidivism: A Big Word – A Big Problem for society and can be defined as: Ex-offenders returning to jail or prison.
Recidivism percentage is measured in different ways by different agencies. Some measure re-arrests; some measure re-incarcerations; others by new crimes committed. The Feds report a nationwide rate of 67%. NC reports 50-56%, depending on whom you ask. Whomever you talk to, it is recognized that recidivism is a BIG problem for society. Because so many ex-offenders commit another crime, our communities are becoming unsafe. We must find a way to make our communities safer!
- For the first time in US history, 1 in 100 adults in America are incarcerated. We incarcerate more people per capita population than any other country in the world.
- In the US today, it is reported that 1 in 30 men between the ages of 20 and 34 are behind bars. For Black males in that age group the figure is 1 in 9.
- Every year another group of ex-offenders -- approximately the size of Charlotte, NC (750,000) -- is released across the US.
- Over the years, millions of ex-offenders are now living all around us -- in our workplaces, neighborhoods, and schools.
- Just locking people up and throwing away the key won’t give us a safer community. Solving the recidivism problem will!
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- The national recidivism rate is 67%;
- The NC recidivism rate is 58%;
- Over 27,000 inmates are being released each year from NC prisons;
- Over 10,500 ex-offenders are supervised in the Charlotte Metro Area;
- Jails/Prisons are overcrowded, leading to higher taxpayer cost;
- Prison beds now cost over $80,00 per bed in construction cost;
- Incarceration costs are $24,000-$28,000 or more annually per prisoner;
- 80% of inmates have documented substance problems;
- 80% of all crimes are committed by ex-offenders;
- 80% of ex-offenders are released without probation and parole supervision, it is up to the community;
- Ex-offenders have multiple problems that need multiple solutions;
- When ex-offender problems are not addressed, they remain unchanged;
- When ex-offenders are unchanged, the Recidivism Cycle continues;
What are the components of the recidivism cycle and how does it affect the ex-offender and his family?
Clearly, criminals make bad decisions. When locked up they make very few decisions and, immediately upon release, are faced with hundreds of decisions a day. Upon release,
they have to deal with stressful like:
- Where they are going to stay
- Basic needs like food and clothes
- Lack of transportation and no driveršs license
- Getting IDs
- Jobs and job readiness
- Career direction
- Medical and dental issues
- Pending legal issues
- Social agency issues to resolve
- Child care payments
- Substance abuse problems (80%)
- Managing finances
- Resolving debts and taxes
- Family issues
- Lack of positive peer relationships or helpful people or mentors to turn to for direction
- Unresolved wrong thinking and character issues
- The need for a healthy spiritual life, etc.
Read more about a proven Recidivism Solution that can result in safer communities.