New Plan Aims to Help More Prisoners Successfully Reenter Society

Photo and Story by Annie Feidt, APRN – Anchorage

Two of every three criminals in Alaska ends back behind bars after they’re been released from prison. That high recidivism rate creates more crime victims and it costs Alaska a lot of money- $136 per prisoner, per day. Now, the state has a new plan to help more prisoners successfully reenter society when their terms are complete.

Photo: Carmen Gutierrez, Char of the Alaska Prisoner Reentry Task Force and Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Corrections, speaks on May 5, 2011.

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