Redivicism In California Essay

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California has one of the nation’s highest recidivism rates, which has been a well-known problem for many years. The rate has been steadily dropping. However it is still about 15% higher than the national average of 43.3% (McDonald, “California’s Recidivism Problem”). The recidivism problem in California is caused by rehabilitation programs not being effective enough to keep ex-convicts out of prison. Keeping prisoners in the California prison system is an enormous waste of taxpayer money. Instead of spending more and more on prisons, the money could be used elsewhere such as lowering college tuition for students. The government could easily save money for other purposes such as this by ...view middle of the document...

Recidivism has been a problem in California since the 1990s. When overcrowding in California prisons peaked in 2011, the Supreme Court ordered California to reduce the prison population by 32,000 by February 2014. California failed to release that many inmates. As a result, the Supreme Court extended the deadline to February 2016. Overcrowding in prisons is a result of the extremely high recidivism in California. The high recidivism is a sign that rehabilitation programs are not as effective as they need to be and they need to improve. Many believe that rehabilitation is failing because when someone fails rehab, it is blamed on the person. It could also be that rather, rehabilitation is failing the person. Aside from problems with rehabilitation, there needs to be more programs to assist ex-convicts outside of the walls of prison. Many ex-convicts resort to a criminal lifestyle because rehabilitation has failed them or they often do not know what to do outside of prison. Programs could assist them with returning to civilian life so they do not go back to crime.
Rehabilitation has proved to be successful for many, but it needs to be implemented into more prisons in order to be more effective. In addition to being more effective, it could potentially save...

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