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Why re-entry matters  

  • More than 650,000 people are released from Federal and State prison every year, over two thirds will be rearrested for a felony or serious misdemeanor within 3 years [1]

  • The National Institute of Justice has found that 1 year after release, up to 60% of formerly incarcerated people are not employed [1]

 

Without smart interventions  

  • 1-in-4 Americans with an arrest or convinction on their record will continue to be locked out of employment opportunities[2]

  • The complex re-entry process will continue to lead to high rates of return back to prison/jail

  • The invisible life sentence caused by social stigmatization will continue to cost us all too much [3]

[1] Christian Henrichson and Ruth Delaney, The Price of Prisons: What Incarceration Costs Taxpayers. New York: Vera Institute of Justice, 2012 [2] The National Employment Law Project [3] State and Federal spending on corrections has increased by 305% to $52 billion during the past 2 decades, and, on the state level, is now is the 2nd fasting growing budget area behind Medicaid. Source: Pew Center on the States, State of Recidivism: The Revolving Door of America’s Prisons, 2011

 

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  • Extend an invitation to become an ally

  • Pursue the most equitable outcome

  • Expand access to entrepreneurship

  • Design solutions for the whole person

  • Give voice to the voiceless

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For you, why is it important that we rebuild the re-entry process?

Some of the top talent in this country exists within the returning citizen community. I believe the valuable human resources potential should be cultivated so that returning citizens are able to connect with organizations who can benefit from their skills and experience.

Charlotte Freeman
Management Consultant

We need to rebuild the re-entry process, because people need help rebuilding their lives and it is the right thing to do.

Greg Bloom: Open Referral Initiative

I train new software developers for job placement, so I know there are talented individuals and that we need to remove barriers that keep people from finding jobs that help them improve the lives of their neighbors.

Aliya Rahman: Social Justice Software Developer

As a community and legal advocate for re-entry citizens, I want to see a more direct route to self-sufficiency for those seeking to reestablish their life, reducing the collateral consequences associated with having a criminal record.

Shannon C. Redd : Esq. D.C. Re-entry Consultant/ Attorney

For me, going to prison was easy compared to coming home and that's ridiculous, re-entering society can't be harder than going to prison.

Ryan Ryskamp : Mission: Launch Fellow

Some of the top talent in this country exists within the returning citizen community. I believe the valuable human resources potential should be cultivated so that returning citizens are able to connect with organizations who can benefit from their skills and experience.

Charlotte Freeman
Management Consultant

I am a firm believer in restorative justice, community transformation and social innovation - it is critical that we rebuild the re-entry process for all three to occur 

Max Harper
Co-Founder Impact Hub DC

We need to rebuild the re-entry process, because people need help rebuilding their lives and it is the right thing to do.

Greg Bloom: Open Referral Initiative

I train new software developers for job placement, so I know there are talented individuals and that we need to remove barriers that keep people from finding jobs that help them improve the lives of their neighbors.

Aliya Rahman: Social Justice Software Developer

As a community and legal advocate for re-entry citizens, I believe a more direct route to self-sufficiency for those seeking to reestablish their life is key to reducing the collateral consequences associated with having a criminal record. 

Shannon C. Redd : Esq. D.C. Re-entry Consultant/ Attorney

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