What do you think can be done to prevent people from returning to jail once they’ve been released?
Asked at Massachusetts Street on September 8, 2006
“The purpose of the jail is to hold people who have broken the law. The task of rehabilitation belongs to other organizations, especially nonprofit or other charitable groups.”
“I think you have to search for the root of the problem. They have to figure out if they are alcoholics or mentally ill. If they figure that out beforehand and get them some help, then I think they will save money in the long run.”
“Maybe enroll them in some form of mandatory support group to help them get back on their feet.”
“I think they need a system with which to monitor them after they’ve been released. There needs to be more accountability; a long-term way to follow up with them.”