Over 10,000 ex-prisoners are released from America’s state and federal prisons every week and arrive on the doorsteps of our nation’s communities. More than 650,000 ex-offenders are released from prison every year, and studies show that approximately two-thirds will likely be rearrested within three years of release. The high volume of returnees is a reflection on the tremendous growth in the U.S. prison population during the past 30 years. For the communities to which most former prisoners return (communities which are often impoverished and disenfranchised neighborhoods with few social supports and persistently high crime rates), the release of ex-offenders represents a variety of challenges.
What can be done to help people who are released from prison keep from being rearrested? With no job, no money, and no place to live, returnees often find themselves facing the same pressures and temptations that landed them in prison in the first place. Assisting ex-prisoners in finding and keeping employment, identifying transitional housing, and receiving mentoring are three key elements of successful re-entry into our communities. (U.S. Department of Justice)
All of Us or None Los Angeles:
C/O A New Way Of Life
P.O Box 875288, Los Angeles CA, 9008
National organizing initiative of prisoners, former prisoners and felons, to combat the many forms of discrimination that we face as the result of felony convictions. (See website for chapters and addresses)
Center INC PO
Lincoln, NE 68501
Publishes a survival source book to help prisoners with post release survival including job and places to live.
510 Vermillion St. PO BOX 50
, Danville, IL 61834
Sells a parole manual, From the Inside Out. Write for current prices.
American Friends Service Committee Prisoners Resource Center
89 Market Street, 6th floor Newark, NJ 07102
Has criminal justice programs in various states. Parole & post-release services offered.
At the forefront of leadership in the struggle to end the US system of mass incarceration stands the Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People’s Movement (FICPM), a nationwide coalition of formerly incarcerated men and women who are holding forth a radical vision for justice and transformation, and who are putting that vision to work in towns and cities across the nation.