As I mentioned in a prior post, prison fellowship programs seem like a good idea. Over at The Point there’s this post regarding an upcoming hearing at the 8th Circuit challenging the legality of such programs. Of note, is that retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor will be one of the judges hearing arguments in this case. Given that entry into the program is completely voluntary, the extraordinarily high recidivism rates in the country, and the failure of other approaches to prevent recidivism, perhaps it is time to seriously consider the benefits of prison fellowship programs.
Update: : There's an interesting study on prison fellowships here. (pdf file).