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Ruben Saldaña, far right, poses with participants in his Ru Camp mixed martial arts training program in Miami. They compete around the world, and last year traveled to Rome to the inaugural Youth MMA World Championship. He hopes his program can deter at-risk youth from following in his footsteps and avoid a life of crime and incarceration.

Tens of thousands of children, mostly teens, end up in the adult prison system serving senteces as a legacy of the 1990s "get-tough" approach to crime. Read more»

While still behind bars, Frantz Beasley created AZ Common Ground, a nonprofit that helps those with felony convictions move forward after prison. Read more»

Prison rights advocates contend that the Arizona Department of Corrections isn’t fully utilizing the Prisoner Transition Program. Out of the 19,213 inmates released from state prisons in fiscal year 2014, 943 completed the program.

Advocates say the Prisoner Transition Program is being underutilized by the Arizona Department of Corrections even though it has been shown to reduce recidivism. Eligible inmates are released 90 days early if they participate. Read more» 1

We have chosen to abandon the classically American ideal of rehabilitation undoubtedly in large part to save money. But it's hard not to conclude that payback is coming. Read more»