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Half Way Home to the District: The Role of Halfway Houses in Reducing Crime and Recidivism in the Nation's Capital

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Louis Eichenlaub
Date Published
February 2010
7 pages
This document presents the testimony of Louis Eichenlaub, Mid-Atlantic Regional Director for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight.
This document discusses the role that halfway houses can play in efforts to reduce crime and recidivism in the Nation's capital. The Director discusses the role of Residential Reentry Centers (RRCs) in meeting the needs of offenders who reside in the District of Columbia. As discussed in the testimony, preparation for reentry into society begins shortly after an offender is incarcerated. The Director briefly discusses the various programs that have been developed to enhance reentry efforts, such as inmate work programs; education, vocational training, and occupational training; substance abuse treatment; specific pro-social values programs; life connections; inmate skills development initiative; and specific release preparations efforts. The Director next discusses the RRC placement process which involves an assessment of factors that could affect an inmate's ability to successfully reenter the community. Information is also presented about RRCs and who operates them, as well as information on the three RRCs located in the Nation's capital.