The problems plaguing the American prison system have grown too large to be ignored. The conversation on prison reform has broken into the mainstream, and the need for reform commands wide support across the political spectrum.
There seems to be a burgeoning consensus that the manner in which the country incarcerates criminals is overly punitive and ineffective as a vehicle for rehabilitating its inmates. Based on NYC own data, the incarceration cost of each I-CAN participants is $118,000 per person, per year.
Your funding investment will source our ability to launch a health education and occupational training system, with the capability and capacity to produce and sustain one of the most productive Post-Incarceration workforce NYC and the U.S. has ever seen.
Our Care Healthfully™ Pre-Release and Post-Incarceration Outcome Alternative™ achieves three historic and transformational goals:
• Lead Post Incarceration outcomes in a bold systemic shift in outcome thinking, culture, direction, performance and results.
• Redefine the boundaries of success for people returning home from prison now and for generations to come.
• Navigate up to 80% of barriers that lead men and women back to jail.
The prison system is indeed in dire need of a fundamental transformation — perhaps even more than you think. Here’s a roundup of some of the most jarring data points that illustrate how bad things have gotten:
1. The population of those in prison and jail would be the fourth largest city in America. Source: Prison Policy Initiative / U.S. Census Bureau.
2. The prison population has increased 400% since the Reagan presidency.
3. Over 3,000 prisoners are serving life without parole for nonviolent crimes. Source: Getty Images.
4. The incarceration rate of black men in the U.S. dwarfs even that of South Africa under apartheid. Source: Prison Policy Initiative.
5. The U.S. spends far more imprisoning its citizens than educating them. Source: Vera Institute of Justice / U.S. Census data.
6. A massive drop in the crime rate did not slow the pace of mass incarceration. Source: The Sentencing Project.
7. Over two thirds of people who leave prison will return.
8. In 17 states, prisons are filled beyond capacity. Source: Getty Images
If you recognize the true value of what this innovation will mean to lives of children, women and families in underserved communities then please donate more.
Today many incarceration programs are still trying to solve jail-based problems with jail-based applications that are outdated and not compatible with the changing times.
For decades, rehabilitation associated with education and occupational training, funding, and programming decisions have been made at the prison level. For far too long, these decisions are often based on local institutional needs and capacity. They are not driven by inmate needs or national job market realities.
Care Healthfully™ Pre-Release and Post-Incarceration Outcome Alternative™ promotes a holistic, comprehensive model of restoration that navigates the full and complete journey of reintegration — from a life behind bars — through all the challenges associated with helping returning citizens become productive members of both society and the workplace.
Reintegration includes but is not limited to creating trail blazing journeys and new anti-poverty routes that did not exist before. All for the purpose of ensuring that returning citizens avoid the street behavior traps, economic barriers and downturns that so often derail their best intentions and lead them back to jail.
Your investment will fund our ability to launch Care Healthfully™ Pre-Release and Post-Incarceration Outcomes Alternative™ – a health education and occupational training system, in the health care industry, balancing our focus on meeting today’s needs and the long–term success of Post-Incarcerated men and women and the health outcomes of the patients and families who rely on health care organizations for their health care.