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Behind Bars: Why some prisoners, especially sex offenders, go to church

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One of the reasons sex offenders — and particularly child molesters — are drawn to...

Behind Bars

Behind Bars: Why some prisoners, especially sex offenders, go to church

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One of the reasons sex offenders — and particularly child molesters — are drawn to religion is because they are seeking forgiveness apart from a society that will never fully offer it to them, inmate Brian Wood writes.


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Behind Bars: Correcting prisoners' bad behavior requires a positive culture

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If the prison system hopes to become a place for corrections, it will need a much more positive culture than what currently exists, and that change needs to start at the top, inmate Brian Wood writes. 


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Behind Bars: Just take it away — most decision-making in prison is reactionary

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The solution to most issues in prison is to take something away, inmate Brian Wood writes. There doesn’t seem to be thought put into what would be a better way to do things. 


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Behind Bars: Poor health care in Utah’s prisons makes inmates want to avoid it

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The system does a very good job at making one want to avoid seeking their help, inmate Brian Wood writes. Prisoners usually only go when they feel they absolutely have to.


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Behind Bars: Give Utah's inmates an opportunity to reform and they'll succeed

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Utah’s current recidivism rate is around 70 percent. The recidivism rate for prisoners who earn a bachelor’s degree during their incarceration is less than 15 percent.

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