About 700,000 people are released from prison every year. However, over half will likely re-offend and enter back into the prison system within the first 36 months. One reason for this trend is a lack of job opportunities for ex-offenders. Without access to jobs, and with many employers discriminating against those with criminal records, economic opportunities can be limited. That leads many back into crime.
To combat the revolving door of recidivism, many prisons offer job training programs to their inmates. As it turns out, prison education programs contribute to a 43 percent reduced chance of recidivism. Moreover, for every dollar spent on these programs, tax payers’ costs are cut for future incarcerations. But these training programs are typically limited to a few areas, leaving those who aren’t cut out for that type of work out in the cold.
Some prisons, like Valley State Prison in California, are opening up programs that would normally seem out of place in men’s prisons—beauty schools. Their program consists of a rigorous six hours a day, five days a week class to earn a beautician’s license. The graduates of the program receive the same degree as cosmetology students outside of prisons. One repeat offender says, “out there cutting hair, nobody asks what your record is as long as you have a good rapport, good communication skills, and good people skills.”
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