By Brian Hamilton | PUBLISHED: January 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm | UPDATED: January 30, 2019 at 2:00 pm Since Colonial days, our nation has had systems, both formal and informal, to punish people who break society’s rules. The punishments have run the gamut from public shaming in wooden pillories to the ultimate penalty, death. Public shaming once was a common punishment because the cost of putting someone in jail was high and the stays in jail temporary. Humiliation was a quick way to deter future unlawful conduct before the person went back to daily life and work. Fast-forward to the 21st Century: prison sentences are getting longer. America has the highest incarceration rate in the world, imprisoning 2.3 million people a year at an average cost of more than $30,000 per inmate. Our hope is that, while in prison, people will get ready to emerge and re-enter society, abide by its laws, and lead fruitful lives. Our goal is to offer released prisoners a second chance. Even though we have rehabilitation programs in prisons and re-entry networks outside prisons, 65 percent of the people released from America’s prisons later return. We must ask whether the rehabilitation and re-entry programs are failing, or if there are other systemic factors underlying this… Read full this story
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