The Post-Prison Education Program offers hope and creates opportunity for people returning to society by providing access to higher education....

Studies show that two years of post-secondary education reduces the rate of recidivism by more than 50%. Through an Outcome Data analysis in 2009, University of Washington researchers determined the Program’s rate of recidivism to be zero. Currently, our rate of recidivism is less than 2%, which is a testament to our proven methods. The Program only admits individuals who are at significant risk of recidivating. The Post-Prison Education Program fights to create hope where there is none through inspiring presentations inside prisons and intensive support following release. The Program mentors and guides students and their families to gain access to resources and to become sustainable and contributing members of society. Our students tutor, mentor and volunteer to help others succeed in breaking the cycle of incarceration and to create safer communities. The Program accomplishes its goals by meeting the legitimate frugal needs of former prisoners simultaneous to linking them with post-secondary education, building meaningful mentorship relationships, and delivering consequential support services whether housing, legal representation, mental health counseling, or tutoring. We accomplish these goals by spending only a fraction of the costs of prosecution and incarceration. The Program’s success not only dramatically reduces recidivism and increases public safety, but also ensures that students have stable jobs, strong families, and productive lives.


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