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Parole Chief: Longer Prison Terms Not Reducing Crime

Chief Bucks County Adult Probation and Parole Officer Sean Ryan says the cost of corrections in the U.S. went from $12 billion a year to $52 billion over 20 years, suggesting strongly that longer and longer prison terms are not reducing crime.

He says Pennsylvania is participating in a Justice Reinvestment Initiative, which uses evidence-based practices focused on individual issues that put people in a position to commit crimes.

“It might be substance abuse, mental health issues, a combination of those, inability to obtain employment due to a lack of skills.  It might be as simple as attitude types of adjustments.”

He says different offenders present different challenges.

“We talk about rehabilitation, but some of the people have never been habilitated from the beginning, so for some you’re starting from scratch.”

Ryan says many inmates are released from prison unprepared to return to society, and they end up back behind bars as repeat offenders.  He says that’s very costly, not only in dollars but also in a higher crime rate.

He appeared Wednesday on the WNPV talk program Legally Speaking.

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WNPV AM 1440 Know a great local musician/band who would like some radio airtime? August is Music Month on Buxmont Live Radio, and I'm looking for musicians to come into WNPV AM 1440 in Lansdale to record an interview and in-studio performance. You get: Interview, exposure and an MP3 you can share. Rules: You have to be able to come to the studio on Thursday at 2PM on one of these dates: 8/7, 8/21 or 8/28. No other dates or times work because our engineer gets paid for this time slot. First come, first considered. Email me at jr@buxmontlive.com with the following: Your name and the names of your bandmates (solo is also okay) Three MP3s that we can sample (preferred, we'll also accept Youtube address and Reverbnation) Which dates you can appear (flexibility works in your favor) I'd like to wrap this up by Monday. Thanks and good luck. Questions? -> John Ralston jr@buxmontlive.com
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