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Kamala D. Harris: Finding the Path Back on Track

November 9, 2009

Another great op-ed by Kamala Harris was released this morning in the Huffington Post. My favorite quote,

“Just as important as the result is the dialogue we’re starting, which represents momentum and hope for a more rational, progressive and effective approach to making our communities safer across the nation.”

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In the article, Harris explains her reasoning and inspiration behind the Back on Track program along with the results of the initiative.

“The results speak for the wisdom of investing in reentry programs. For this population, the recidivism (or re-offense rate) is typically 50 percent or higher. Four years since the creation of this initiative, recidivism has been less than 10 percent among Back On Track graduates. And the program costs only $5,000 per person, compared to over $35,000 a year for county jail. That saves our city roughly $1 million per year in jail costs alone.”

Read the full article here

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