With a lower prison population some prisons are closing their doors to inmates, and rebuilding a rehabilitation center.
The Bronx Fulton Correctional Facility will be torn down and is going to become a reentry center for newly release prisoners, reported by the Marshall Projected. This gives newly released prisoners a chance to get job training and the support they will need to get back into society.
In early 2014 Florida’s Gainesville Correctional Institution was transformed into a homeless shelter. The idea of the projects is, since the reduction in capacity, and since prisons are no longer in such demand, why not use the facilities to help these prisoners and keep them from returning to prison.
The Wall Street Journal reported since 2011, at least 17 states have reduced prison capacity, for a total of more than 35,000 beds. Due to the change in capacity has made a positive change.
In an article in The Wall Street Journal, Attorney General Eric Holder announced that prison population is expected to drop 12,000 inmates over the next two years.
Due to the new policy that reduced sentences for nonviolent offenders are a big shift in decline according to Holder, calling this project “nothing less than historic”.
Is giving nonviolent offenders reduced sentences the answer? This would give them a second chance at life to rehabilitate themselves to ensure they will not return to prison.
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