Map detailing predictive policing technology used by the Santa Cruz, California Police Department
Predictive Policing Recidivism in the US

Science Fiction Becomes Reality: Predicting Crime Before It Happens

Can we predict crime before it happens? Experts suggest that modern-day science fiction technology can do just that. The tool is supposed to predict recidivism too.  In the last 15 years, data analysis and artificial intelligence have grown by astronomical rates. Data-mining has allowed for direct-to-consumer advertisements that (theoretically) are personalized for the individual. Facebook posts Read More…

Second Chances Text
Prison Reforms Recidivism in the US

Pennsylvania Pushes ‘Clean Slate Bill’: Reducing Recidivism with 2nd Chances

The Clean Slate Bill gives non-violent, low-level offenders 2nd chances. It seals the past criminal records of those who have earned the right to start new lives without criminal records. Legislation is moving forward with support for the new Clean Slate Bill. Pushed in Pennsylvania by Rep. Jordan Harris (D-PA), the bill gives non-violent, low-level Read More…

A transgender inmate speaking with other cellmates for support.
Recidivism in the US

Basic Rights for Inmates: Ever Heard of the Transgender Offender Manual?

Trump’s Administration is at it again. They have issued changes in policy of the Federal Prison Bureau. It is aimed at transgender inmates. A recent lawsuit filed by three women inmates in Texas against transgender prison inmates. Their suit does not follow proper procedures for grievances. It may be tossed due to prejudices and biases. Read More…

Sheila Jarboe-Lickteig, the owner of the Hand Up, checks in on former inmates in the dining room.
After Release Programs Recidivism in the US

Halfway Houses: Half-Baked Idea? Or Do They Really Work?

Halfway houses are options for inmates reintegrating society, but aren’t quite ready to return to their own lives. What’s their purpose? Do they really work? A few years ago, my brother moved in across the street from a halfway house. One chilly morning, he confided in me that he and his partner were somewhat concerned Read More…

Women Behind Bars TV Series
Recidivism in the US Women's Prisons

Women Behind Bars: Drug Addiction & Lack of Resources Perpetuate Recidivism Cycle

Women Behind Bars is a prison TV series that reveals drugs is the main reason ladies return back to jail over and over again. Without resources or drug programs to help them, the cycle continues. A lifetime of drug dependency keeps sending thousands of American women back to jails. Many of these incarcerated women have Read More…

Prison Visits & Issues Recidivism in the US

The Effects of Prison Visitation on Offender Recidivism in the US

Visitations for inmates heavily impact their integration back into society upon release and whether they will re-offend and add to recidivism rates. Many families are too far to visit or inmates lack the necessary support system while incarcerated. Until the system changes, inmates don’t have the tools to live a crime-free life upon release. Dealing Read More…

Parole Violations Revolving Door
After Release Programs Recidivism in the US

Probation & Parole: The Fix for a Costly Justice System?

In a political climate of tight budgets and steadily climbing costs, attention has turned to the prison system as an easy way to cut expenditures. This only makes sense, as according to one estimate by the Vera Institute of Justice in 2010, the average inmate cost was $87 a day back then. Many think parole and probation are Read More…

Voter fraud in the USA
Recidivism in the US Women's Prisons

“I’ll Never Vote Again,” Texas Woman Says after Being Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Voting

Forty-three-year-old Crystal Mason had the rights to vote under federal law, but not under Texas state law – because she was a felon on probation. She was recently released from federal prison after a 3-year sentence. Now she is going back to prison to spend five more years for voting because she did not realize Read More…