Prisons struggling with inmate rehab

Prisons struggling with inmate rehab

CREATED Jul 27, 2014

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MADISON -- Most respondents to a recent Marquette University Law School poll say they think Wisconsin's criminal justice system is doing an average job at best rehabilitating inmates.

A little more than 41 percent of respondents said they believe the system is doing a fair job of rehabilitating inmates into contributing members of society. Thirty-one percent said they believe the system is doing a poor job.

The poll comes as prison reform advocates are pushing the state Department of Corrections to end solitary confinement, calling it a form of torture. DOC Secretary Ed Wall sent a memo in April saying inmates in solitary need a more rehabilitative experience and the agency plans to work with other states to find better ways to deal with those prisoners.