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A case study to research the effectiveness of the Prisoner Entrepreneurship Program (PEP)

In order to be effective, America’s response to crime needs to be constantly reevaluated. New policing methods and technologies continue to emerge as options to address changes in patterns PEP_coverof crime, delinquency, gang violence, drug use, and more. The same can be said for our courts and correctional systems. Taxpayers, scholars, and policy makers alike have a serious interest in determining what works and what does not when it comes to crime reduction, the effectiveness of new sentencing guidelines, or the impact of new programs designed to rehabilitate prisoners. Since the current study deals with prisoners and ex-prisoners, our brief discussion of the traditional response to crime will have a specific focus on how correctional authorities have attempted to address problems linked to prisoner rehabilitation, prisoner reentry, and recidivism.
First and foremost, prisons are built and run to keep prisoners incarcerated and thereby insure public safety. Most wardens are not opposed to the rehabilitation of prisoners. That said, most wardens understand that, while prisoners have problems needing attention, regrettably, wardens have limited resources and rarely, if at all, have the ability to implement wide-ranging treatment programs. Thus, decision-makers and correctional administrators always tend to put issues related to safety and security ahead of factors related to the treatment and rehabilitation of prisoners. Unfortunately, a lack of emphasis on how to address core problems through innovative programs has had the inadvertent effect of stymieing correctional practices and thus has allowed the emphasis to remain on developing better and more effective techniques for safely incarcerating more and more offenders. While correctional budgets have soared over the last three decades, governmental support available to confront issues like the prisoner reentry crisis has not kept pace.