We’re starting to have some great conversations about improving our criminal justice problem. This one is a good example of looking at the big picture not just individual rights.
Reform is not about individuals it’s about what’s best for society. What’s best for society is not creating and growing a criminal class. It’s moving people out of the system and into productive society.
Giving former inmates the tools to thrive after incarceration is one of the areas where we seem to fail them and fail to see the big picture. If giving inmates money, stable housing, and or jobs following release reduces recidivism, violence, and crime then it’s a price worth paying. It’s society that benefits the most here.
while there’s been a rightful focus on ending mass incarceration, there has been little public discussion of how we reintegrate this growing population.
Criminal justice reform is not just about being fair to the individuals who will be most directly affected, but it’s also about doing what’s right for our nation’s well-being. A 2009 study estimated that the official poverty rate would have declined by 10 percent for the years 1980 until 2004 had it not been for our incarceration policies. And while there hasn’t been a large-scale study of the economic effects of criminal-justice reform, most experts in the field agree that preparing people for life after prison is a critically important public investment that would alleviate poverty and increase worker productivity.
How to Help Former Inmates Thrive http://nyti.ms/1X24zsB