May 12, 2016
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Tags: Criminal Justice, Criminal Records, Reentry
Organizations mentioned/involved: Legal Aid Society of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands
As a civil legal aid lawyer assisting Mr. White and others like him, I see that the fallout from these barriers lands on the shoulders of all Tennesseans.
Obstacles to housing and employment often push people back into a life of crime, a reality that is reflected by our state’s 46 percent recidivism rate. And when people re-enter the criminal justice system, taxpayers foot the bill. For example, the Department of Corrections’ budget has grown more than a third since 2009 and now costs taxpayers nearly a billion dollars each year. Local jail populations have also increased in recent years, straining budgets meant for schools, teachers and roads.