Recidivism are persons who relapse into criminal behavior, often after receiving sanctions or undergoing intervention for a previous crime.
According to Bureau of Justice statistics studies have found high rates of recidivism among released prisoners.
Within three years of release, about two-thirds (67.8%) of released prisoners were rearrested.
The devastation of crime in our communities leaves lasting effects on our lives for generations. We must work together to change history, and bring an end to the reoccurring criminal behavior that repeats itself generation after generation.
Families of the incarcerated are often invisible victims, and left in need. More than 2.7 million children in the U.S. has an incarcerated parent. Approximately 10 million children have experienced parental incarceration at some point in their lives. Currently 1 in 28 American children has an incarcerated parent.
We must never forget that we are talking about real people, with real needs, fears, emotions and families. Our goal is to offer an opportunity for the ex-offender to restore their life, family relationships, and recognize the new opportunities they have to start a new a life.
* *As June 2017 the North Carolina prison population numbered 36,774**
**Some 23,000 justice served individuals are released from North Carolina prisons each year into our communities**