Reducing Recidivism, Securing Success
California State University Long Beach
Prevalence of Recidivism in the United States
The issue of mass incarceration has been a rising challenge that our nation has been attempting to combat for the past few decades. It is stated that the United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, including the largest number of prisoners than any other country worldwide, holding 5% of the world’s population, the U.S. houses 25% of the world’s prisoners (Kelly, 2015).
Unfortunately, this is not the sole problem affecting our nation. With incarceration also comes release, reintegration, and unfortunately, recidivism. According to Bird and Grattet, California has historically faced high rates of rearrest and reconviction, with the majority of rearrests occurring within the first year after release (Bird &Grattet, 2016).
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While recidivism is a concern on a national level, studies suggest that rearrest and reconviction rates are substantially higher in California compared to the national average (Bird &Grattet, 2016). Moreover, it has been reported that approximately one third of California’s prisoners come from and are returned to Los Angeles County (Burch, 2016). This goes to show the disproportionate impact incarceration and its consequences have on certain communities.
In this case, Description of Group
The main objective of the Reduce Recidivism, Secure Success program is to serve as a resource and starting point for individuals who are attempting to reintegrate into society post-incarceration.
In addition, the program intends to address needs of these individuals such as housing status, employment rates, medical treatment, mental health services, access to government assistance, and stronger support systems. More importantly, as stated by the program’s name, the goal is to avoid recidivism and ensure future success. Selection Process: In order to ensure that the program is used and implemented most effectively, it is important to understand where there is the greatest need for such service.