How to stop the revolving prison door

I’m pretty sure a third grader can solve this problem- but the “task force” has been hard at work trying to figure this out:

About a third of the 1,500 ex-offenders released into Montgomery County each year wind up back in prison within three years at a cost to taxpayers of about $25,000 each, according to a report from a Montgomery County task force that has studied the problem for the past three years….

The board wants to help ex-offenders stand up to the challenges they face upon release. “If you can help someone turn his or her life around, that person becomes not a drain on the community, but a taxpaying citizen,’’ said U.S. District Judge Walter Rice, co-chair of the policy board. “And in terms of crimes not committed, it could cause a tremendous increase in public safety.’’

In Ohio, 42 percent of Montgomery County inmates lacked a high school diploma or GED; 54 percent were unemployed; 40 percent abused alcohol; and 75 percent abused other drugs.

via High cost of jailing re-offenders has county seeking fixes.

I could go on about the issues that the state forces upon these ex-cons- like making them all buy high-risk insurance on release if they want to drive (if you don’t drive for a couple of years- you are forced into it)- or the silliness of laws prohibiting ex-cons from doing certain kinds of work (you can learn to be a barber in prison- but you can’t get a license in Ohio with a felony record).

Which makes this other story about Raleigh Trammell all that much more odd:

Wednesday’s indictment of the Rev. Raleigh Trammell wasn’t the first time he’s been accused of stealing taxpayer money.

In 1978, Trammell was convicted of larceny and grand theft involving money that was supposed to help the needy.

After he was released from prison, local officials once again entrusted Trammell with taxpayer money.

via Trammell entrusted with funds after earlier theft.

How can a former convicted welfare fraud felon end up in charge of federal money- and still get the blame- instead of the people who gave it to him?

It’s like we intentionally try to screw convicts- and then wonder why they keep doing the same thing?

Here is the simple solution: you don’t get out of prison until you’ve completed a GED and at least 1 year of community college- fully transferable to any school in the state- where you must immediately enroll and complete a 2-year degree.

You don’t get out until you’ve completed an intensive drug and alcohol treatment program- if that was part of your problem.

The state offers employers the option to employ these ex-offenders without any worry of it counting against their unemployment- or workers comp ratings.

Before long- the revolving door will stop spinning.

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