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319 Timberlakes Estates

Heber, Utah, 84032, mshelbu1@bruinmail.slcc.edu


350 North State Street, Suite 150

April 17, 2017

Dear Governor Gary Herbert,

My name is Madison Shelburg. I am a 19 year old college student in my second year in studies. I

attend Salt Lake Community College. I have a personal involvement in a deeply rooted issue that

I think is pressing and needs attention in our current day. While having one traffic violation on

my record, I am a law abiding citizen of the United States of America, I come to you with

concern for our prison system that is in disarray. I have had personal experience with this issue

with my two brothers who were incarcerated and not properly rehabilitated and have been

personally affected by the issue.

I feel strongly that this is an issue that needs to be addressed and I have done extensive research

in the matter to present these statistics to you. According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics,

two-thirds (67.8%) of US inmates released from prison in a sample of 30 states between 2005

and 2010 were arrested for a new prison-worthy crime within 3 years, and three-quarters (76.6%)

were arrested within 5 years (BJS.gov). This recidivism rate is extremely high due to a lack of

rehabilitation efforts taken by the government on both federal and state levels. With my brother
being incarcerated for a minor infraction, however, due to a lack of rehabilitation the cycle seems

to be never ending. This is the case for many incarcerated individuals.

I ask that you grant inmates access to meditation, education and group coaching/therapy

based on encouraging each other to move forward intellectually and spiritually. Even bringing in

just one group meditation leader it would significantly help increase peace and approve the

overall atmosphere of the prison. All inmates should be equipped with proper tools to effectively

be rehabilitated and be able to return as productive members of society. I hope that you will

support this and include it in future legislation.I believe that in supporting this bill you would be

supporting men and women of our community to be forgiven and contribute to society.


Madison Shelburg