By Pyerse Dandridge
Author: Subprime Felon: Inside Federal Prison Camp
Recidivism programs are to help the former inmate become successful in the community and prevent him from ever going back to prison. However, upon release from incarceration, men are faced with many troubles, regardless of their intentions. Generally, the primary thought would likely be: How do I make money? If the individual has children, a wife, family who were hurt by their time away; all these factors can contribute to their incessant need for provisions. So, when men are released from prison, even when their intentions are good, it is often difficult to find legitimate ways to obtain that in a short amount of time. These financial problems could force the former inmate to commit a crime to prevent depression and to fulfill his responsibilities.
Every individual is different. Many analysts attempt to predict recidivism based on various factors: socioeconomic status, race, gender, ethnicity, education, etc. It is true that these factors may play a large role in a man’s likelihood to be a repeat offender. However, at the core, each individual is different, and their reason for their actions are all subjective. When these men are studied on an objective basis, however, there is little room for the wide variety of individual circumstances that make up for their choices. However, because the system rarely has time to take into account every detail of a person’s personal life, often these men are grouped in with others “of the like.” Because of this, men often feel that they have no choice but to provide for themselves or others the only way they know how.
What is the purpose of incarceration? Essentially, an individual must pay for their crimes based on the order of a court judge. However, after that individual has served the allotted time to “pay” for their crimes, when are they able to reconvene with their lives and leave it behind them. Of course, there are crimes in which one may require more severe repercussions and monitoring, but to what extent must they continuously pay?
If a man stole from a grocery store to feed his children, served his time, and then is released from prison. In an attempt to follow the correct path, he discovered that no one is willing to give him help or guidance. because of this, the man felt forced to steal again, to help him be responsible. Why do we still fault him? Do we still suggest that he is grouped with other men based on standard comparable criteria such as race and gender, or would it be fairer to factor in his individual circumstances? Without comprehending the motivation behind recidivism, it is difficult to pinpoint the best way to resolve it. The standard physical characteristics and background of a person are only a fraction of who they are. By relying solely on standard criteria, it is difficult to foresee a significant improvement in the likelihood of recidivism.