People with histories of justice-involvement, traumatic experiences, substance use and other behavioral health conditions deserve the opportunity to create and live meaningful lives. Too often, people in recovery are criminalized and punished, which only exacerbates behavioral health conditions and maladaptive patterns.
Recovery is a life-long process requiring self-determination, social support systems, and access to community and resources. While many people in recovery experience setbacks, we genuinely believe that everyone can recover, and we create spaces where our people feel liberated, valued, meaningfully included, and empowered- so they can begin rebuilding their lives.
After completing our programs, a majority of our participants are able to maintain stable housing, employment and education, and continue to pursue recovery and healing from behavioral health conditions and the trauma associated with an arrest history. Several of our participants have become active organizers and volunteers.
What is recidivism?
Justice-involved individuals face complex challenges reacclimating to society after incarceration. Because of the many barriers related to reentry, there are high rates of recidivism and death.
A 2018 study from the U.S. Department of Justice (“Update on Prisoner Recidivism: A 9-Year Follow-up Period”) observed over 400,000 justice-involved persons across 30 states, and revealed that an estimated 68% of those released were rearrested within 3 years, 79% within 6 years, and 83% within 9 years.
We create safe, equitable, healthy South Florida communities by supporting justice-involved individuals, helping them avoid recidivism and further contact with the criminal legal system. By reducing incarceration rates, we alleviate the tremendous burden on state and municipal budgets, allowing for increased investment in community recovery and second chance opportunities that promote the genuine health, safety, and liberation of our people — all of our people.