Preventing recidivism can strengthen neighborhoods, save taxpayers money, and reduce trauma that comes with crime. Instead of focusing on punishment, our system should focus on rehabilitation. This book argues that reducing recidivism is possible through education availability, rehabilitation and cognitive behavioral therapy, employment programs, reentry initiatives, faith-based instruction, along with social capital provided by family and friends.
Cathy Cowling is associate professor and director of Criminal Justice at Campbell University.
Chapter 1: Education and its Effects on Recidivism
Chapter 2: Employment
Chapter 3: Rehabilitation
Chapter 4: Reentry Programs
Chapter 5: Faith, Family, and Community
Chapter 6: Social Capital, Peers, and Other Practical Needs
About the Author
Dr. Cathy Cowling writes a compelling account, based on extensive research, that illustrates the benefit of how educational and therapeutic programming of incarcerated individuals significantly reduces recidivism. She highlights the importance of re-entry programs and how integral they are to the success of the inmate’s re-acclimation to society. The book is easy to read and packed with statistics, percentages and budget figures. Basically, if prison systems “pay it forward” and invest in meaningful educational, therapeutic and faith-based programs, their investment will pay dividends in reducing parole revocations and recidivism.