The percentage of the incarcerated that relapse into criminal behavior after being released is unfortunately astoundingly high. This is the last situation that relatives and friends want to go through. There are ways to lower the chances of this occurring though, and one main difference maker is communication.
Prisonlegalnews.com has published a very informative article explaining recidivism statistics and influences. The article references a report from Pew Center on the States, which says that the average national rate of recidivism is 43.3%, equating to about 276,000 prisoners each year. The article relays that having close family relations while incarcerated limits the chances of recidivism. This connection can be through the various avenues of prison connect available. Examples of such are post cards, visitations, and/or inmate calling. The FCC Commissioner, Mignon Cylburn, was quoted within the article as saying “Studies have shown that having meaningful contact beyond prison walls can make a real difference in maintaining community ties, promoting rehabilitation, and reducing recidivism. Making these calls more affordable can facilitate all of these objectives and more.” With that in mind, inmate call savings could be the answer.
Inmate telephone calls can be costly and visitation can unfortunately have its challenges, distance being one example. GlobelTel has the capacity as an inmate telephone service to connect relatives and friends to those that are incarcerated through local inmate telephone calls, therefore promoting more affordable communication. The push to make “inmate calls” more affordable and increase communication should then serve to lower recidivism by keeping people close.