The House Committee on the Judiciary recently approved the proposed “Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person Act” “FIRST STEP Act.” I’d really like to wring the neck of the folks who come up with these acronyms, but … well … if I did I’d end up in prison, so I guess I won’t.
Like most “nice sounding” stuff that comes out of Congress, this one should be looked at with a critical eye. Paul Mirengoff talks about some of the downsides.
Meanwhile, here’s an interesting statistic from the new Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report on prisoner recidivism: “An estimated 68% of released prisoners were arrested within 3 years, 79% within 6 years, and 83% within 9 years.” Yes, it’s a complicated subject. But make sure your eyes are wide open, before you start thinking that de-incarceration is the answer to our problems.