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A new national report from the Pew Center on the States finds that roughly 40 percent of people released from state prisons wind up back behind bars within three years.

The recidivism rate in North Carolina is 41 percent, making it even more important that state lawmakers rethink their moves to slash or eliminate programs that help offenders turn their lives around.

The House budget released Tuesday eliminates Sentencing Services, a highly successful prison alternative program.

One Comment

  1. Alex

    April 13, 2011 at 7:34 am

    This crazy war on drugs continues to fill prisons with young offenders, and costs the taxpayers billions. First time offenders should not be slapped with a felony, but instead they should be put to hard labor cleaning up parks and public areas. We need to stop the flow of drugs from Mexico and quit this huge effort to drop everyone in prison at the back end.

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