Halfway Houses Actually Increase Repeat Crime
67% of Pa. inmates sent to one were rearrested, in prison, within 3 years: study
By Kate Seamons, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2013 9:44 AM CDT
A halfway house, but not one in Pennsylvania.   (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

(Newser) – The New York Times calls the study "groundbreaking" and "startling": Inmates who stayed at one of the halfway houses on which Pennsylvania spends $110 million a year had an increased chance of committing another crime. The study, conducted by the Pennsylvania Corrections Department, found that 60% of inmates released directly to the street in 2008-2009 were rearrested or back in prison within three years; among those sent to a halfway house, the figure was 67%.

And while the study is Pennsylvania-minded, it has broad implications, reports the Times: Both the feds and individual states have spent billions on these halfway houses, many privately run, in an attempt to slice prison costs. It's generally a third cheaper to put an inmate up at one toward the end of his sentence, and inmates are supposed to have access to things like job training and therapy there. The state's corrections chief says he thinks some of the houses may not be delivering on those promised services; a rep for the state's biggest halfway house provider says inmates in this population are watched more carefully, and therefore less likely to get away with committing another crime.

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Mar 25, 2013 7:26 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ..... Like every other-thing those lying Democrat morons, idiots, and imbeciles, came up with .. to reform criminals, or educate the black students, or provide homes in middle class neighborhoods to the welfare, or give unsecured loans to start-up green energy plants, etc .. their ideas, like them .. were moronic, idiotic, and imbecilic nonsense. NEVER -- Never ever trust these moronic, idiotic, and imbecilic ideas .. of these Democrat morons, idiots, and imbeciles. TRUTH BE TOLD ..... Can anybody name "one" of any Democrat left-wing taxpayer funded programs .. like black education, minority jobs, rehabilitating criminals, etc, .. that ever worked? -------------------------------- REALLY?
Mar 25, 2013 3:43 PM CDT
I do not think they have a large enough sample, or enough of a statistical spread, to support their findings. The more important thing to do with people getting out of prison, is to move them to a city far away from where their crimes were committed, so their bad news friends won't be around.
Mar 25, 2013 11:15 AM CDT
You mean criminals are 67% more likely to commit crimes once released.....shocking!!! Oh, the rehabilitation!!......