Background

What Feeds Our Prison Populations?

  • Impoverished Neighborhoods
  • Chronic Unemployment
  • Single or No Parent Households
  • Homelessness
  • The Drug Trade
  • Failing Schools
  • Lack of Role Models/Mentors
  • Chaos/Violence in the Streets
  • PTSD
  • Self-Medication/Addictions
  • Lack of Mental Healthcare
  • Mandatory Sentencing
  • Racial Disparities in Sentencing
  • Insufficient number of well-qualified public defenders
  • Culture of “out-of-sight, out of mind.”


Society makes it hard to stay out of prison once you’ve been in.

Factors Contributing to Recidivism

  • Lack of transitional housing for those who cannot or should not go home.
  • Employer reluctance to hire.
  • Untreated mental health issues.
  • Financial responsibilities beyond earnings.
  • Lack of education and social skills.

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