Preventing recidivism can strengthen neighborhoods, save taxpayers money, and reduce trauma that comes with crime. Instead of focusing on punishment, our system should focus on rehabilitation. This book argues that reducing recidivism is possible through education availability, rehabilitation and cognitive behavioral therapy, employment programs, reentry initiatives, faith-based instruction, along with social capital provided by family and friends.
Cathy Cowling is associate professor and director of Criminal Justice at Campbell University.
Chapter 1: Education and its Effects on Recidivism
Chapter 2: Employment
Chapter 3: Rehabilitation
Chapter 4: Reentry Programs
Chapter 5: Faith, Family, and Community
Chapter 6: Social Capital, Peers, and Other Practical Needs
About the Author
Dr. Cathy Cowling has done a remarkable job in writing, Reducing Recidivism: A Focus on Rehabilitation Instead of Punishment. She mixes the practical with a guide of how to fix at least part of the scourge of recidivism. With those returning having on average 6 prior convictions, it is necessary we, as a society, come to realize that we will continue to throw good money after bad unless changes are made to assist the returning citizen with support and treatment. Dr. Cowling does not stop at the obvious, she shows programs which have been successful—like academic programs, cognitive behavior programs, housing and transportation programs, and others. It is time to take up the mantra of Dr. Cowling, let's stop the revolving door of recidivism.
Dr. Cowling expertly navigates the data on recidivism and outlines evidence-based policies and programs that can decrease reoffending. Reducing Recidivism: A Focus on Rehabilitation Instead of Punishment is an important read for both students and practitioners.
Dr. Cathy Cowling writes a compelling account, based on extensive research, that illustrates the benefit of how educational and therapeutic programming of incarcerated individuals significantly reduces recidivism. She highlights the importance of re-entry programs and how integral they are to the success of the inmate’s re-acclimation to society. The book is easy to read and packed with statistics, percentages and budget figures. Basically, if prison systems “pay it forward” and invest in meaningful educational, therapeutic and faith-based programs, their investment will pay dividends in reducing parole revocations and recidivism.