Influence of Faith Based Prison Reform on Recidivism

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Maxwell Nipke

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Dr. Jeffrey Polet, Political Science

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The goal of the research presented is to measure the effectiveness of faith based prison reform programs in the U.S. That is, reform programs that use religion, primarily Christianity, which influence changed behavior. The effectiveness of faith based prison reform will be measured by comparing and contrasting it with other prison reform programs both within in the prison, and those utilized during the re-entry process. It will be measured against programs in the U.S. by examining the differences of said behavior of inmates in prison that do have these programs and prisons that do not. Recidivism rates and in prison behavior will be use as primarily measures among several others. The U.S. spends roughly $22,000 per year to keep prisoners incarnated. Multiply this by the two million prisoners the U.S. houses, the U.S. spends a large amount of money housing prisoners. By reducing recidivism the U.S. can begin reducing the prison population, and, by extension, start directing money previously used for prison towards other government funded programs.

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