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It’s Our Problem Too: Preventing Recidivism

Recidivism, the likelihood of an individual committing another offense after being released from prison, poses a significant challenge in the United States. In 2018, more than 600,000 individuals were discharged from state and federal prisons, and within three years, most of them had been rearrested. This problem affects us all, and we must understand and do something about it.

What is Recidivism?

Recidivism is the tendency of a convicted criminal to re-offend. It's a cyclical pattern that can harm the individual and their community. The impact of recidivism extends beyond the individual, affecting the security and well-being of communities and the overall effectiveness of the criminal justice system.

Several factors can lead to recidivism, such as:

  • Lack of social support

  • Restricted educational and employment opportunities

  • Difficulties linked to mental health and substance abuse

  • Background of criminal behavior

Let's Do Something About It

Reducing recidivism is not a single-person task. It requires collective efforts from all sectors of society. Here are some measures that can contribute to decreasing repeat offenses and enhancing the safety of our communities:

  • We supply thorough reentry services to assist individuals in transitioning back into the community.

  • Supporting education and job training initiatives

  • Dealing with mental health challenges and substance abuse problems.

  • Working to reduce the number of people who are incarcerated

Effective Programs and Policies

Here are some specific examples of programs and policies that are effective in reducing recidivism:

  • Residential reentry programs offer housing, counseling, and additional support services to individuals reintegrating into society after being incarcerated.

  • Training and placement programs aim to assist individuals in acquiring and retaining the necessary skills for securing employment.

  • Mental health and substance abuse treatment programs play a crucial role in assisting individuals in tackling the root causes that might have influenced their criminal actions.

  • Criminal justice reform can lower recidivism by decreasing the incarceration rate. Achieving this goal involves decriminalizing minor offenses, broadening the implementation of diversion programs, and revising sentencing regulations.

Investing in these programs and policies can help reduce recidivism and make our communities safer.

How You Can Help

If you would like to learn more about the services the Open Gate International program provides, you can explore our website to find out how you can help reduce recidivism. Every contribution helps, and together, we can make a significant difference. To donate and help prevent recidivism, visit our donation page today.

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