Rikers Island detainees (photo: Michael Appleton/Mayoral Photography Office)
In New York, our rates of recidivism are unacceptably high. An estimated 45% of all parolees in New York City experience a re-arrest within two years.
Eliminating barriers to reintegration into society is a proven, fact-based way that we can reduce recidivism, and that starts by treating formerly incarcerated people as regular people.
In New York, we place a needless hurdle in the way of enabling a formerly incarcerated person from succeeding....