A former U.S. Attorney for North Dakota says during his five years at the job, he saw countless cases of recidivism from reservations back to jail and prison.
Tim Purdon addressed the South Dakota Substance Abuse Prevention study group. The group is a summer committee made up of state lawmakers. Purdon says to stop recidivism, law enforcement efforts must also include crime prevention. He says more support is needed for those re-entering reservations from custody.
Purdon adds that prevention is cost effective.