Do Rehabilitation Programs Work?

We know from published reports that rehabilitation and prevention programs do in fact work. For example:

   Over a 25 year period, more than 200 inmates from the Massachusetts prison system, most of whom were serving time for the most serious violent crimes, and who participated in programs offered by the prison, such as job training, drug & alcohol counseling, or received a college degree, did not return to prison for the commission of a new crime.

   The state of Indiana had exactly the same results, as did Folsom State Prison in California- not one prisoner had been reincacerated for a new crime.

   After checking nationally for thirty years, the recidivism rate of inmates who successfully completed similar programs was 1%, compared to the national average of 65% within 3 years.

   Although the majority of prisoners recognize the harm done to their family and the community by their selfish actions, they do not know where to turn in order to learn how to change their lives for the better. Therefore, when a person is in prison they need to be provided opportunities to change their lives for the better. Upon release, they need aftercare and follow up programs in order to help them with their continually changing needs. They need to achieve self-sufficiency and learn how to make it a reality in their lives. Their efforts must be guided and they must be provided with encouragement and support along the way until they achieve their ultimate goal and are able to gain self as well as economic stability both for themselves as well as their family.