One of the major problems with crime in the United States has to do with the recidivism rate. Far too many criminals are going through reformatories and not coming out reformed. In many instances, they come out worse! President Donald Trump plans to address this issue via a “Prison Reform Council,” according to the Free Beacon.
The president signed an executive order “Wednesday to create a new, interagency federal council to report on federal prison reentry policy.” Since day one, reform has been something that Donald Trump has placed high on his to-do list because America cannot be truly great again if the same people keep getting out of jail/prison and committing crimes anyhow.
The Federal Interagency Council on Crime Prevention and Improving Reentry will gather “11 executive departments and offices, ranging from the Department of the Education to the Office of National Drug Control Policy” and they “will be responsible for producing recommendations for evidence-based reforms.”
With jails fuller than ever before in some areas, this is a problem that certainly has been getting a good deal of press. Some prudent minds will suggest that an executive order was not the way to address the matter, but at least the issue is seeing some attention being brought to it. Far too many prisoners get out with no future, no skills, and a fury that leads to more crimes when mingled with their desperation. Experts believe that this could lead to productive lives for more former criminals.
The reforms are to “improve federal support for programs which cut offending and recidivating,” a boon to every community that is dealing with these very real fears.
Programs being looked into involve “pre-offense programs—including support for mental and behavioral health services,” which can be helpful as long as not taken to the extreme (as some fear could happen). There are also plans being addressed which aim to solve the problem caused when those exiting prison often can find no jobs or people willing to hire them.
Resources stemming from the president’s actions are said to include” better access to education, mentorship, substance abuse treatment, and mental and behavioral health treatment.”
Mr. Trump has been spurred to do this in light of a “two-year spike in the U.S. homicide rate in 2015 and 2016.” The executive order actually reads that the need is to “further improve public safety, we should aim not only to prevent crime in the first place but also to provide those who have engaged in criminal activity with greater opportunities to lead productive lives.”
Mark Holden, advisory council chairman of pro-reform group Safe Streets & Second Chances was happy to hear about these efforts and said, “While legislation is still needed at both the federal and state level, the President’s action shows that criminal justice reform and helping people improve their lives is a top priority for this White House.”
America’s leader is said to be “far less friendly on actually reducing prison sentences for federal crimes.” Mr. Trump does not want to reduce sentencing standards, he simply wants to make those incarcerated come out more functionally ready for life in the free world after the time is served.
While there are holes in his theory (such as a disrespect for the 4th Amendment in terms of some laws and the sentence handed when they are broken), Mr. Trump is working quite tirelessly to make sure that a prison stay does not mar someone’s whole life.
He also wants to make sure that the average man or woman is safe from some of the crime caused by repeat offenders. As a look is taken at such stats, it is clear to see that he is on the right track.