Statement Before Senate

May 17, 1967


Washington, D.C.

The data coming to light now shows that we have done all too little to rehabilitate and reintegrate into society those who have once run afoul of the law enforcement process. The rate of recidivism for released criminal offenders is far too high. The difficult question that now faces our nation is how best to deal with this recurrent cycle which continually brings those who have once had a taste of the criminal process back into contact with that process. From the little information that we have, the answer appears to lie in a greater commitment to rehabilitation. We must educate and vocationally train those who are in prison; and we must be prepared to supply guidance and help find employment for those who are released from incarceration facilities.