A new report says that half of the roughly 8,000 people behind bars who have served their time and are released in Washington, D.C., will be locked up again within three years, reports the Washington Examiner. The report by the Council for Court Excellence, an ex-convict advocacy group, says one factor in this high recidivism is the inability of parolees to find a job that pays the bills.
Nearly half of the city’s 60,000 ex-cons are unemployed. The report also found that half of those who received education and training while incarcerated said those benefits helped them find a job after release. But the group’s survey of 550 ex-convicts revealed no difference in the employment rate of those who received an educational certificate and those who didn’t.