The U.S. has the highest prison population in the world and the highest percentage compared to its population. Our incarceration rate is 9x the rate in the U.K and 18x the rate in Japan.
Number of People in Prison per 100,00 Residents:
U.S. – 737
El Salvador – 604
Canada – 114
UK & Ireland – 77
Japan – 41
Our recidivism rate is also the worst in the world. 77.6% of all people released from prison are rearrested within 5 years.
The cost of incarceration is very high. New York City spends $337,524 per year on each individual housed in jail. When you add the cost of crime plus the lack of productivity, we are spending more than $400,000 a year on each individual.
If we can reduce recidivism, we can reduce crime and save hundreds of millions of dollars a year.
There is nothing more difficult than reentering society after getting out of prison. A good number of people re-entering have little education and employment training. Many have no place to live. Many were gang members. Returning to their old communities is extremely dangerous. Many have lost contact with friends on the outside and how no idea how to successfully reenter society.
Exodus Transitional Community is a very special organization that has built a highly impressive record in working with people coming home.
Its founder, Julio Medina, spent 12 years in prison. 90% of its staff are justice involved and many have experienced decades of involvement in the justice system.
With their life experience, the staff have a unique perspective on how to work with people coming out of prison. In fact, Exodus often works with the most challenging people that other organizations will not touch. Its record in rehabilitating these individuals and reducing recidivism is highly impressive.
We are inviting you to a program on March 5th from 12:00pm – 2:30pm to learn more about how Exodus works.
The first words the people at Exodus ask from someone walking in the door is “Did you eat today and where did you sleep last night?” Since that is the Exodus experience, we will do the same by joining the Exodus staff and participants for sandwiches.
Afterwards, we will meet with the leaders of Exodus and hear the stories of how they successful reentered society and built this organization.
Then we will meet with some of the new participants to hear about their unique experiences and challenges.
This should be a unique opportunity to experience the challenges men and women face as they try to reenter society and the successful solutions Exodus has developed.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
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