The Proof Is In: Father Absence Harms Children



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.

  •  Within five years of release, about three quarters (76.6%) of prisoners were rearrested.
  •  Of the prisoners who were rearrested, more than half (56.7%)were arrested by the end of the first year.
  •  Of the persons released and then rearrested for a new crime, (76.9%) were drug offenders.
  • There is a crisis in America. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 19.7 million children, more than 1 in 4, live without a father in the home.
  • There are 2.7 million children with a parent in prison or jail
  • Ninety-two percent (92%) of parents in prison are fathers
  • Youths in father-absent households have significantly higher odds of incarceration.
  • More than 650,000 ex-offenders are released from prison every year.
  • Fathers are returning to their families without the skills they need to be involved, responsible, and committed fathers.
  • Two-thirds of released prisoners, or 429,000, are likely to be rearrested within three years.


  • Gangs often welcome back released prisoners with open arms.
  • Released individuals retain their mental illness, addictions, violent nature, and lack of remorse.
  • Incarceration doesn't work for its original purpose of rehabilitation, in fact, it is an expensive way to make people worse.
  • Released individuals have difficulty finding work, finding a place to live, obtaining any government benefits, or fitting back into normal society.  



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**