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Do Halfway Houses Work?

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

A Pennsylvania report on recidivism shows that halfway houses do little to reduce the problem. Ann Jacobs, director of the Prisoner Reentry Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, discusses their role and the impact of privately run houses. Also, Peter Cove, founder of America Works, discusses his organization's efforts to move ex-prisoners into the workforce.

Guests:

Peter Cove and Ann Jacobs
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Comments [3]

Kent from Hell's Kitchen

Living next door to a rehab half-way house for ten years ( 518 W 50th st,Manhattan) has changed my formerly progressive mind on the subject. We have violent, threatening residents screaming at us as we enter and leave our building and the staff half no idea they are even outside the facility. The owner takes in convicts which he is not trained or zoned to do. nor does the owner of the half-way house care how much they make our lives miserable because he gets $150,000 a year per resident. the half-way house residents get no prep to be transitioned into society because the owner profits by them staying. the only time i have been mugged in a dozen years in nyc was by residents of another half-way house less than a block away(also on w50th street.)

Mar. 26 2013 10:37 AM
Terrence from Brooklyn

Why don't we put the prison population to work instead of warehousing them? What I mean is have them do what they did in the past and in other countries now, building roads, highways, rail infrastructure, low income housing, etc. Not only would they leave with skills, they would actually be repaying their debts to society in a positive way.

Mar. 26 2013 10:37 AM
mm

would privatized places work better if the companies running them were paid or penalized depending on the success of the people who went through their safehouse?

Mar. 26 2013 10:37 AM

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