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We believe that the fourth purpose of prison—after retribution, incapacitation and deterrence—should be transformation.

The ever-increasing cost to society demands that we put an emphasis on transformation.

The transformative power of hope should not be extinguished in prison, it should be cultivated.

Prison should be a training ground for the formation of values and new skills.

The reconnection and reconciliation of families of prisoners can assist in a prisoner’s successful reentry into society.

People who make mistakes should not be punished for a lifetime after leaving prison, they should have a meaningful opportunity to build a new life.

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THE JOURNEY SO FAR

ABOUT OUR FOUNDER

In just over a decade and a half, Josh Smith built a small service company into a $30 million enterprise with more than 180 employees. But for a 5-year period before that, he was incarcerated in a federal prison camp in Kentucky for his involvement in marijuana and cocaine trafficking.

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THE UNITED STATES HAS

OF THE WORLD’S POPULATION.*

*ACCORDING TO THE VERA INSTITUTE.

OF THE WORLD’S INCARCERATED.

AND DID YOU KNOW?

The Bureau of Justice put out a report in 2018 on a nine year follow up to recidivism which stated: 5 out of 6 state prisoners (83%) that were released went back one time within a 9-year period. The new study shows a better picture of what criminal activity looks like following release than the previous study based on a 3 to 5-year measure.

State prisoners were arrested an estimated 2 million times within the nine years following release in 2005. Roughly 60% of those arrests occurred during years four through nine. You can learn more about that report here.

49.3%

“NEARLY HALF OF SUCH OFFENDERS
WERE REARRESTED WITHIN
EIGHT YEARS…”

2.2M

in PRISON or JAIL in
the United States

6.6M

people are in the
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM

500%

how much incarceration has
increased in the last 40 years.

The United States Sentencing Commission reported on key findings of recidivism of federal offenders. The Commission studied offenders who were either released from federal prison after serving a sentence of imprisonment or placed on a term with probation in 2005. Nearly half of the offenders were rearrested within eight years for either a new crime or for some other violation of the condition of their probation or release conditions. The report discusses the commission’s recidivism research. The commission plans to release additional publications discussing specific topics concerning recidivism of feral offenders.

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