Thursday, May 31, 2012
It's the National Reentry Resource Center's What Works in Reentry Clearinghouse.
Contain yourselves, sentencing nerds, please.
The Clearinghouse tracks and measures the effectiveness of reentry programs that focus on mental health, employment, and housing, plus a special section that evaluates more high-profile or nation-wide "brand name programs."
Coming attractions: reviews of reentry programs focused on substance abuse, education, sex-offender treatment, and more.
With our nation's overcrowded prisons, mass incarceration, and enormous costs, smart and cost-effective solutions that keep ex-offenders law-abiding are vital -- for state budgets as well as for public safety. Wouldn't it be grand to see judges have more discretion and more programming opportunities to avoid sending people to prison in the first place, if those people aren't dangerous and would benefit from such programming? Unfortunately, mandatory minimum sentencing laws don't allow for any such discretion -- they only stuff our prisons even more.