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Is Ohio’s Prison Reform Plan Reducing the Recidivism Rates

Reform plans from the prison officials, such as correctional educational programs, drug rehabilitation programs, policies, and support programs have reduced the rates of recidivism. Most of the prisons are offering tailoring, pottery, and furniture courses to the inmates. The studies to be conducted show a remarkable decrease in the rates of recidivism in Ohio prisons.Recidivism is a situation where an offender is imprisoned more than once because of repeating certain criminal acts. Deosaran and Ramdhanie (2003) indicate that there has been a tremendous increase in the number of recidivists overtime in Ohio prisons. This condition was associated with the problems experienced by inmates while in prisons. James (2015) comments that some offenders though released from prisons still get back to the same jails after committing the same crimes or related ones. According to Deosaran and Ramdhanie (2003), 56% of the inmates are recidivists while 39% are first-timers in prison. National prisons have a large number of younger inmates who are between 17-41 years. Recidivists are approximately 78% of the same age. Eighty-five percent of the inmates in prison are of these ages. Glaze and Kaeble (2013) postulate that 98% of the inmates are men, while approximately 2% are females. among the males, the recidivists are 56% while 39% are first-timers in prison. The females comprise of 71% first-timers with 24% recidivists. Glauze and Kaeble (2013) argue that the larger proportion in prisons committed drug-related crimes, such as Narcotics, while 27% were guilty of breaking people’s houses, latency, and other breaking crimes. Eight % of the inmates committed robbery and related crimes. Approximately 10% of the inmates committed crimes such as murder/manslaughter, assault, and rape. 3 percent possessed arms and ammunitions while 1% committed white-collar crimes. The remaining percentage committed othercrimes and offenses.

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