MPR News reports new data suggests that inmates who have visitors -- like family members and clergy -- can reduce their chances of recidivism by as much as 13 percent. The biggest hurdle is helping the 40 percent of prisoners who receive no visitors at all.
Study says controversial prison ministry keeps inmates from re-offending
A new report suggests a Christian-based program is helping inmates leave prison and find housing and work. And a prison official tells MPR those benefits come at no cost to taxpayers. But some critics charge the program is taking advantage of vulnerable adults; others say it creates a separate class of inmates who get special benefits.