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Good ideas for reducing crime

WRAL.com reports on today’s meeting of a legislative study committee on reintegrating ex-offenders into society.

Among the excellent recommendations preliminarily advanced:

  • Strengthen and support nonprofit groups helping ex-offenders integrate back into their communities.
  • Increase contact between offenders and their families before an offender gets out of prison.
  • Assign inmates to both educational and work programs to increase participation.
  • Improve job training opportunities for inmates.
  • Build networks with private employers and provide incentives to hire ex-convicts.
  • Establish incentives to develop housing for former inmates.

Let’s hope elected leaders have the courage to keep pressing ahead with these common sense solutions. Kudos to Attorney General Cooper for taking a lead on this issue.

One Comment

  1. Thomas Settle

    October 6, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    I am a convicted felon who was able to get a college degree post incarceration via vocational rehabilitation. The only way I was able to get a professional job was to roll the dice on the big question on the application. That did not end so well and I’ve always checked the box since. Haven’t gotten a job in my field in six years.

    I only found work through a man in my church who I helped run a small business. I was very lucky. I can only imagine the guys who come out with no college degree and try to find work.