The team behind Bible League International explains that more and more U.S. prisons are turning to faith-based programs to help to prevent recidivism and to improve the mental state of prisoners.
A study conducted by Baylor University that was published in the International Journal of Criminology and Sociology found that a faith-based prisoner re-entry program in Minnesota has saved roughly $3M by slashing recidivism rates.
Speaking about the program, Grant Duwe, research director for the Minnesota Department of Corrections, stated, “The InnerChange program is a boon to taxpayers. It doesn’t rely on public funding. Yet, at the same time, it provides a benefit by reducing recidivism, which results in fewer costs associated with crime.”
The study was a cost-benefit analysis that was based off of a 2012 study that looked at recidivism outcomes among 732 inmates released from Minnesota prisons between August 2003 and December 2009. In that study, researchers looked at a group of 366 prisoners, as well as 366 InnerChange program participants. They analyzed recidivism and program participation, and found that InnerChange slashed re-arrest rates by 26 percent, re-conviction rates by 35 percent, and re-imprisonment for a new felony offense by 40 percent. Read more