TN Sees Improvement In Inmate Recidivism


Studies show 67 percent of Tennessee’s criminal offenders re-offend within three years of their release from prison, but initiatives that help released prisoners find work and a place to live are working, reports the Associated Press. Tennessee Department of Corrections spokeswoman Dorina Carter said recent studies by the department show re-entry initiatives for prisoners have reduced recidivism by about 10 percent.

“It was difficult to get anybody to talk about rehabilitation 10 years ago,” said Tim Dempsey, chief executive officer of Chattanooga Endeavors Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps former prisoners find employment. “The notion of re-entry (of prisoners into the community) wasn’t really anything anybody was talking about or thinking about in the least.” The Tennessee Department of Corrections started its rehabilitation services division in 2004.

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