RELEASE TO REARREST: EXAMINING THE RECIDIVISM RATE AMONGST WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES
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AbstractSince the creation and establishment of our criminal justice system, the United States has focused primarily on retribution and harsh punishment as consequences for social wrongdoings. These approaches towards incarcerated individuals have contributed to the high recidivism rate in the U.S.; the highest in the world and one that must be addressed in an urgent manner. Other reasons for the high recidivism rate include the lack of access to various medical, professional and skill-building programs, as well as mental health services, employment services and opportunities. The high recidivism rate affects all who are, or have been, incarcerated; however, women face far harsher consequences than their counterparts, as they are subjected to more discriminatory practices, exploitation and harassment. Though laws were enacted that outlawed the mistreatment of female inmates, women, unfortunately, still experience abuse and mistreatment. Such mistreatment further contributes to the high recidivism rate. To combat the issues that worsen the recidivism rate of women, this scholarly article will look at the implementation of programs for women, while incarcerated and once released, that may lead to a decrease in the high recidivism rate by enhancing women’s livelihoods.
Degree ProgramCriminal Justice Studies