Second Chances, Not Jail Time, For Criminals

November 8, 2011

[Note: The following excerpt is from National Public Radio]

Politicians and law enforcement officials have long focused on reducing crime by putting criminals behind bars. Now, some have challenged the effectiveness of that approach, arguing that the best way to reduce crime is to offer second chances to low-level, non-violent offenders.

Today we’ll focus on two ideas to offer kids and nonviolent offenders a second chance, and they’re not just theories. Criminologist David Kennedy and Judge Steve Teske tried out their ideas on the streets and in the courts. Now others are trying them, too.

Click here to listen to the story or to read the full transcript  aired on NPR on November 3, 2011.

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