16 Dec Who are they?
More than half of Pennsylvania’s prisoners have children. Children with parents in prison have a seven times greater chance of being incarcerated.
More than half of the state prison inmates are classified with “non-violent”offenses who could be diverted to less costly treatment programs that are more effective in reducing crime. And 37% now are for drug and DUI offenses.
Estimates show 70 to 80% of prisoners have a drug or alcohol addiction.
20-25% of inmates have some form of mental illness.
Education is a key component to reducing crime and recidivism. However, state surveys report 40.5% of inmates have not completed 12th grade.