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Posted by: Jarod Word on Jun 24, 2019
Former Tennessee Court of Appeals and current Senior Advisor to the governor Brandon Gibson shared details regarding the state’s initiative on criminal justice reform to a group in Bradley County, the Cleveland Daily Banner reports. Gibson emphasized the need for such reform, pointing out that Tennessee’s current recidivism rate is just over 46 percent. Among the plans highlighted was the governor’s Tennessee Volunteer Mentorship Initiative, which will partner with existing non-profits to pair inmates with mentors in an effort to prepare them for life following incarceration. "Ninety percent of those in our prisons will come out at some point," said Gibson. "It is up to us to do what we can to ensure their success."