Making Government Work

5 States’ Innovative Plans to Keep People From Behind Bars

October 22, 2014
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5 States’ Innovative Plans to Keep People From Behind Bars
Innovative programs aim to reduce recidivism rates in this country's crowded prisons. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images
The United States locks up more people than any other country. What are we doing about it?

In a recent interview with NationSwell, Bill Keller, editor in chief of The Marshall Project, said one of the greatest problems facing the prison system is “the way the system scoops up young (mostly) men (mostly) from distressed communities, uproots them from family and community, does little to prepare them for a non-criminal life, and then deposits them back in those same communities.”

As experts debate how best to reform the country’s prison system, these programs are already working to reduce recidivism by preparing inmates for life outside of jail.

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