Parolees Do Better Not Going Home

Today’s New York Times had an interesting article dealing with an area of corrections which is often overlooked -- providing for a smart reintegration into the community. Typically, when a prisoner is released he is given a few dollars (e.g. $100) and told to go fend for himself. He or she normally goes back to the community he or she came from and not surprisingly falls back into old habits. In some states, going back to the home city is statutorily required for most prisoners. A study recently conducted on inmates who were released in New Orleans in the days following Hurricane Katrina showed that they returned to prison at statistically significant lower rate because they couldn’t return home. The article is part of an NY Times series and well worth a read.

This week’s runner up in journalism about prisons goes to the Toronto Globe and Mail who ran a great article on the mentally ill in prison.