Cutting Edge Corrections: Leveraging Technological and Medical Advances to Reduce Crime
Until recently, building prisons was the default solution in the public safety debate. This one-size-fits-all idea however, has been inefficient for taxpayers and has not necessarily yielded the best outcomes for the offender – too often, offenders receive little rehabilitation and often commit additional crimes. Prisons will continue to be needed for those who commit serious crimes, but criminal justice reform has come a long way from the penal system of yesteryear. Technological and medical advancements have opened new doors for corrections and probation departments across the country, saving taxpayer dollars while efficiently rehabilitating the offender.
The funding needed to make sure justice is served for those violent offenders is great, and limited prison space must be prioritized for these offenders. But for non-violent offenders, these technological and medical advancements have provided more cost-effective rehabilitative services that promote public safety, produce better outcomes, and make victims whole.
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