L.A. actively seeks to reduce recidivism

Los Angeles doesn’t want to see its inmates come back and has put a new pilot program in place geared toward reducing recidivism. “Back on Track” at Pitchess Detention Center focuses on educating people and supplying them with life skills, The Los Angeles Times reports. From the article:

“Back on Track combines existing offerings with some new ones into a comprehensive curriculum where each inmate takes a different set of classes based on his needs. The program includes a cognitive behavior component where inmates practice making better decisions, acting out scenarios, such as what it’s like to be on the streets and sober, and what to do if friends want to throw a “welcome home” party that includes alcohol and drugs, Harris said.”

Harris is California Attorney General Kamala Harris.

Back on Track does not yet include female inmates. The program is funded via a $750,000 federal grant and private money from the Ford Foundation, California Wellness Foundation and Rosenberg Foundation, the report says.


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