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Monday, November 14th, 2011

 

The High Cost of Sending People Back to Prison

There is an excellent editorial style piece on recidivism and its costs in South Dakota in the November 14th issue of the Dakota Voice. The article indicates that the recidivism rate of people released from South Dakota prisons stands at about 30%, whether released by South Dakota parole or released due to completion of the sentence. This number compares favorably with other states in the area, Montana 42.1%, Iowa 33.9%, Minnesota 61.2%, North Dakota 39.6%, Wyoming 24.8% and Nebraska 32.3%, but the State Corrections Secretary Dennis Kaemingk says that the number more »


Bill for Parole Overhaul Progresses

The Massachusetts bill which will overhaul state sentencing and parole guidelines was passed by the MA Senate last week but is not expected to reach the House until sometime in January. Among other provisions, the bill would ban parole in Massachusetts for criminal who have been convicted three times for violent felonies. Naturally, the politicians are interested in passing this bill since it will get them favorable press coverage while allowing the bills on gambling and pension overhauls to move at a far slower pace.