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Video 7.1: Work Release
Description: Inmates perspective: how jail, work release program help change lives
Video 7.2: The Neuroscience of Restorative Justice
Description: Daniel Reisel studies the brains of criminal psychopaths (and mice). And he asks a big question: Instead of warehousing these criminals, shouldn’t we be using what we know about the brain to help them rehabilitate? Put another way: If the brain can grow new neural pathways after an injury ... could we help the brain re-grow morality?
Audio 7.1: After Thousands of Inmates Released Early, Probation Officers Will Be Watching
Description: Over the past few days, thousands of federal inmates have been leaving prison early and returning to their communities, the result of changes to sentencing guidelines for drug-related crimes. And this has raised a question. Who will be monitoring the former inmates?
Audio 7.2: Shock Sentencing
Description: Matt Hackworth of member station KCUR reports on Missouri’s use of so-called “shock sentences” for drug offenders convicted of non-violent crimes. Instead of doing hard prison time, they are placed in a 120-day rehabilitation program, where they’re given drug treatment and strict probation. If they violate that probation, they are subject to longer prison sentences.