The United States has the highest rates of incarceration in the world. As of 2016, 2.3 million people were incarcerated in the United States, at a rate of 698 people per 100,000. More than 95% of those locked up will return to the community, where they'll face an uphill battle to secure employment and housing with a criminal record that lasts a lifetime.
With few credentials, little education, and diminished opportunities, those released from prison face a high risk of being rearrested and re-incarcerated. This revolving door (called recidivism) is costly to individuals, their families, and our community.
Recidivism is the tendency of a convicted criminal to repeat or reoffend a crime after already receiving punishment or serving their sentence.
We believe that holistic wellness education can disrupt the cycle of recidivism!
Recidivism affects everyone: the offender, their family, the victim of the crime, law enforcement, and the community overall. Crime can affect anyone in any community, and if a previously-incarcerated person is released only to repeat an offense or act out a new crime, there are going to be new victims. Furthermore, taxpayers are impacted by the economic cost of crime and incarceration as the average per-inmate cost of incarceration in the U.S. is $31,286 per year.
According to the National Institute of Justice, almost 44% of criminals released return before the end of their first year out of prison. In 2005, about 68% of 405,000 prisoners that were released were arrested for a new crime within three years, and 77% were arrested within five years.
Factors contributing to recidivism include a person’s social environment and community, their circumstances before incarceration, events during their incarceration, and, one of the main reasons, difficulty adjusting back into normal life. Many of these individuals have trouble reconnecting with family and finding a job to support themselves.
With so many of our citizens locked away, we need to make a change
Our Regenerative Justice Holistic Wellness Program doesn't just benefit the justice involved population, they lead to a better environment inside the facility. Holistic life skills lead to success outside of incarceration, which helps curb recidivism.
It creates a better environment all the way around.
Our Holistic Wellness programs can benefit the justice system involved population by:
Holistic World Vision provides holistic wellness based programs that empower system-involved adults to transform their lives, move toward positive, healthier life choices, and realize their full potential as contributing members of the Global Common Unity. We are committed to significantly reducing the recidivism rate on the planet.
Holistic World Vision has applied to be a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization.
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