Sunday, April 1, 2007

In-house training

Becky Perry at World Magazine reports on preliminary results about a faith based program:

Skeptics of the faith-based initiative have long questioned the evidencethat faith-based prison ministry really works. Are the stories of success mere accidents? Or do the anecdotes indicate measurable progress in the fight against
federal recidivism rates?

At a White House-sponsored roundtable late last month, Fred Davie of Public/Private Ventures announced the results of the Ready4Work program: Prisoners who participated in the faith-based reentry program are 45 percent less likely to return to prison within six months of release and 30 percent less likely to return to prison after a year. After three years of operation at 17 sites, Davie declared the results "preliminary, but very promising."

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