November 21, 2013
The Economist: United States

America releases 700,000 prisoners a year. Their prospects are bleak. Three-quarters drink too much or take drugs. One in six has mental-health problems. Most struggle to find a job or a place to stay. Within three years, two-thirds of them are back in prison. The Second Chance Act aims to cut crime and save money by reducing the reoffending rate....

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