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Inmate recidivism bonus: should governments give bonuses to private jails based on their rate of recidivism after an inmate is released?

  • While I am completely against private prisons, this seems like a good idea as long as private prisons exist.

    Currently, states with private prisons have to pay a fine if the occupancy rate is low. This means locking up people that don't deserve to be and/or keeping them there when they shouldn't be to avoid paying fees. Very few prisons actually have any type of true rehabilitation or transition programs, making prisoners more likely to reoffend upon release due to not having other viable options. I am 100% against private prisons, but until they can be abolished altogether, this incentive seems like a better idea for prison reform.

  • Yes, jails should be rewarded for reducing recidivism rates.

    Yes, governments should give bonuses to private jails based on their rate of recidivism after an inmate is released. The purpose of imprisonment should be rehabilitation, not punishment. For private prisons, lowered recidivism rates signal success in rehabilitating inmates and preparing them for productive lives as free citizens. This is what the ultimate goal of incarceration should be.

  • Yes, governments should give bonuses to private jails based on their rate of recidivism after an inmate is released.

    Yes, governments should give bonuses to private jails based on their rate of recidivism after an inmate is released because there needs to be an incentive for jails to work harder. Too many prisoners are ignored while in jail and do not get the help they need. There must be rewards.

  • Governments should give bonuses to jails based on recidivism.

    Governments should give bonuses to private jails based on their rate of recidivism after an inmate is released. This would encourage jails to provide programs and facilities to inmates to help them succeed once they are released from jail. Not only does this help set to set inmates up for success outside of jail, but it would also encourage private jails to pay attention to prisoner success rates and truly examine how they could improve.

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