i came home two days ago to find a yellow flyer tucked in my door. this is what it said:
Gemeinschaft Home Walk!!
When: October 29, 2008
Where: Gemeinschaft Home
What: A walk from Geimeinschaft Home to Court Square downtown
i’m going. are you?
In short, the Gemeinschaft Home has been told it will be shut down in January due to state budget cuts. Despite the math (thanks to Jeremy Aldrich of hburg news):
A quick math exercise demonstrates the point. Gemeinschaft currently has around 60 residents for approximately 90 days before their final release. If the program costs the state $76 a day (even compared to a $65 per day state average for prison incarceration), but prevents even one of them from reoffending and then being reincarcerated, it saves the state money.
Cost to the state for current Gemeinschaft residents: 60 x 76 x 90 = $410,400
Cost to the state for non-therapeutic incarceration of the same inmates during the same period (using figures from 2006): 60 x 65 x 90 = $351,000
Cost of one additional reoffense among the group resulting in a three year jail sentence: 65 x 365 x 3 = $71,175
Cost of one future three-year incarceration added to current cost of incarceration for the whole group: 351,000 + 71,175 = $422,175
As you can see, it doesn’t take much success for Gemeinschaft to be the cheaper option for the state. Amison says that the Gemeinschaft program lowers recidivism much more than the 1.6% figure used here for illustration. In addition, this mathematical exercise does not include additional costs to law enforcement for reoffense, or lost tax revenue from a former offender finding gainful employment, which further tilt the scales in favor of transitional therapeutic community programs like Gemeinschaft.
or more importantly, watch and listen to the residents themselves as they explain why this transitional, transformative program is worth it.
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