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The Failure of Correctional Counseling and Reentry

By Daniel Patrick Downen M.S. AJ/S

Reentry is the process of assimilating offenders back into society and our communities from prison. Its aim is to assist offenders in personal and vocational growth in order to increase probability that they will not recidivate. At most, we should strive to habilitate the offender to a state where they can earn a lawful living, pay taxes and not reoffend. At least, we should address moral reasoning skills and problem solving proficiencies to increase likelihood they will not reoffend.

I must premise this by stating there are some departments with comprehensive and effective Correctional Counseling and Reentry Programs in place that increase public safety and decrease recidivism. However, many don’t. Too many are not substantially committed to reentry initiatives and only put into place enough to fulfill a perfunctory role, minimum department requirements or political correctness. full story

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