Recidivism

The Difference
9:42 am
Thu February 6, 2014

The Difference: For Recidivist Offenders, Jobs Can Break the Cycle

Johnny Braster of Fort Wayne says finding a good job is key in breaking the cycle of recidivism. Nearly half of African-American ex-offenders in Allen County will go back to prison within three years.
Credit Sean Bueter / WBOI News

All this week—and throughout 2014—WBOI is digging deeper into the reasons behind the achievement gap between black males and their peers in Fort Wayne, and along the way, meeting the people working to make a change. We’re calling the project “The Difference.”

According to the Indiana Department of Corrections, nearly half of African-American ex-offenders in Allen County will make it back into the prison system within just a few years. And for some, breaking that cycle can be nearly impossible without help.

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The Difference
7:59 am
Tue February 4, 2014

The Difference: How One Man Intervenes to Keep Kids Out of Prison

Source: Indiana Department of Corrections
Credit Virginia Alvino

All this week—and throughout 2014—WBOI News is digging deeper into the reasons behind the achievement gap between black males and their peers in Fort Wayne and meeting the people working to make a change. We’re calling the project “The Difference.”

It can be hard to get out of the legal system once you’re in it – and for black youth it can be especially challenging.

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