Ken’s Comments:


They say they do this to save money. Oh, puuuhlease! Then they pass a tax bill for the wealthy which causes a $1.4 trillion deficitt!

They do this as they and ICE increase the use of the abominable, costly private prisons! Left hand does not know what the right hand is doing. Worst, this flies in the face of ever-increasing awareness that helping inmates transition into society reduces crime, saves money, and just makes sense!

This is not the kind of “knocked his teeth out” prison abuse we see so often, but it is prison abuse.


Excerpts from the Article:


The Bureau of Prisons is cutting off funding for halfway houses throughout the country, saving money the bureau says it needs at the expense of what reform advocates say are vital programs to help prisoners transition effectively and safely out of the corrections system.

Some 16 facilities around the country have seen or will see their contracts with the federal prison system end. The cuts are coming weeks into the tenure of newly minted Bureau of Prisons Director Mark Inch, whom Attorney General Jeff Sessions tapped earlier this year to lead the federal prison system. Inch, a retired Army major general, hails from the military’s corrections and law enforcement system.

Halfway houses, or “residential re-entry centers” in federal prison lingo, help manage the transition for federal prisoners from incarceration to freedom. According to the Bureau of Prisons, the facilities “provide a safe, structured, supervised environment, as well as employment counseling, job placement, financial management assistance and other programs and services.”

Gotsch said a quality period of time in a halfway house can be essential to transitioning from prison and noted that halfway houses offer not only proximity to offenders’ home and communities, but that they can also access counseling and classes to help them acclimate back to society.
“It definitely compromises the re-entry process,” Gotsch said of the contracts ending.

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