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Faith Based Prisons Reducing Recidivism

November 4th, 2009 by flanews

Inmates who participate in faith-based programs during their sentences are in some case 15 percent less likely to reoffend once theyre released.

A recent study tracked inmates from 11 Florida prisons enrolled in the voluntary programs. The programs last a full year and are privately funded. State Senator Dave Aronberg, a Democrat running for Attorney General, says the programs could save the state millions over time.

When you have a prison population that has a high recidivism rate its just a revolving door, people get right back in, it hurts taxpayers, it hurts public safety and for someone who want to be attorney general I think we need to look at whatever works, said Aronberg.

More than a quarter of the 30,000 people released from Florida prisons each year are back behind bars within three years.

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