New paper highlights programs in U.S. prisons aiming to improve outcomes for veterans

"Barracks Behind Bars II: In veteran-specific housing units, veterans help veterans help themselves" illuminates specialized housing unit programs that are trying to prevent recidivism


By Sarah Calams

WASHINGTON — A new paper has been released highlighting programs in prisons across the U.S. that aim to improve outcomes for justice-involved veterans.

The release of "Barracks Behind Bars II: In veteran-specific housing units, veterans help veterans help themselves" was funded by the National Institute of Corrections and U.S. Department of Justice. The paper is the fourth justice-involved veteran compendium project.

It delves into the specific design, development, implementation and sustainment of initiatives taken by corrections officials who have set up specialized housing and programs for military veterans.

"'Barracks Behind Bars' introduces several of the facilities and the men and women whose vision is paying off with facility reports of fewer behavioral problems and almost no incidents of violence by incarcerated veterans," the paper said.

The paper also claims preventing recidivism improves the safety of police officers, corrections officers, inmates and the public.

You can view the paper here or below.

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