The Problem as Stated by : "FSU's Institute for Justice, Research & Development"
Twelve million people cycle through incarceration every year-95% of whom will come home to our shared communities. Most will be re-incarcerated. Failed reentry affects more than these individuals-their children and families suffer, our communities are less safe and bear tremendous financial burdens. However, incarceration and failed reentry disproportionately impact people of color and people in poverty creating multi-generational disadvantage.
Seventy-percent of incarcerated individuals are people of color compared to 28% of US residents; 67% of incarcerated individuals were in poverty prior to incarceration compared to 15% of residents. Racially- and economically-biased policies have fueled incarceration growth– not differences in criminal behavior among these groups. In 1970, the incarceration rate was 160/100,000; rates peaked in 2008 at 767/100,000. Although there have been incremental declines since 2008, incarceration cannot be dramatically reduced due to failed reentry. Reforms are needed across the entire criminal justice system, but reentry is the leverage point where the smallest change yields the greatest impact. Although moral, fiscal, and political momentum for criminal justice reform exists, there will never be sustainable appetite until failed reentry is disrupted.
"FSU's Institute for Justice Research & Development"