Life on the Outside

American Psychological Association - The U.S. Justice Department made headlines in October when it announced it would release some 6,000 inmates early from federal prisons. The move was designed to reduce overcrowding and retroactively address the harsh sentences that many drug offenders have received over the last three decades.

"Policymakers and criminal justice professionals are recognizing that simply releasing someone into the community and expecting them to be successful is not a recipe for success," says Robert Morgan, PhD, a psychologist who studies correctional mental health at Texas Tech University.

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