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Not So Hard Time: How Some Inmates Find Success Post-release

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Former inmate Gene Manigo puts the finishing touches on a table he created as part of the Refoundry initiative. Image credit: Brooklyn Business News By Christopher ZoukisThe U.S. may have the worst recidivism rate in the world at 76.6 percent, but that doesn’t mean the system has failed e...

U.S. Prisoners Among Least Rehabilitated in World

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America lays claim to the highest recidivism rate in the word at a staggering 76 percent.  By Christopher ZoukisIt is often said that has the US has the highest incarceration rate in the world. Is that true? Yes. Statistics from sources like the World Prison Brief, an online database...

Not the worst, but not Norway: US prisons vs. other models

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Image Credit: TheStoryInstitute.comNorway’s Halden Prison stands in stark contrast to a typical US prison. And Norway’s incarceration and recidivism rates do, too. By Christopher ZoukisAmerica is known for its overcrowded prisons and harsh penitentiary conditions, but how does it rank com...

Students Partner With Prisoners to Learn Problem-Solving Skills

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Students from a Whitman College and inmates at Washington State Penitentiary are learning problem-solving skills together.  By Christopher ZoukisAnthony Covert made a bad decision. At just 18 years of age, he had a disagreement with a peer over a girl. The two decided to duke it out, but...

Female Inmates Learn to Transcribe Books to Braille

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Inmates learn an employable skill by learning to transcribe books and documents into Braille. Image credit: Concord Monitor By Christopher ZoukisThey may look hard to figure out for most, but a whole lot of raised dots are translating to new opportunities for a group of female inmates in New...