Each year, more than 650,000 former inmates from state and federal institutions return to communities throughout the U.S. Many of these men and women are returning to resource-poor neighborhoods, and the only positive place available they have to turn is to a local and trusted faith-based or community organization. As more and more prisoners are released into America’s communities, it is increasingly vital to connect them with sustainable employment and caring mentors to keep them from relapsing into a life of criminal activity. Oftentimes, faith-based and community organizations (FBCOs) are uniquely well positioned to provide quality transitional services to men and women returning from prison.
Local reentry programs can provide ex-prisoners with the compassion and services they need to thrive in the communities they are returning to. Placing ex-prisoners in steady employment that matches their abilities and needs is an important effort that helps ensure the safety of America’s streets and the successful integration of ex-prisoners into America’s communities. Recidivism is a vicious cycle of crime, prison, more crime, re-imprisonment, and so on. Statistics show that more than two-thirds of released prisoners will be charged with new crimes within three years following their release, and over half will be re incarcerated . According to criminal justice experts, an attachment to the labor force through stable employment, in concert with family and community connections, is a key element in helping ex-prisoners break this cycle.
Here at Potter’s House Transitional Center, we envision a world where people of all races and genders, even in the most remote areas of the globe, hold the power to create opportunities for themselves by having the desire to change. Our aim is to show to the world that, Broken lives can be put back together again.