President Obama reminded us that our criminal justice system is “broken”.
Now we must ask ourselves: Who can we trust to fix it?
There is very little information or support inside our state and federal prisons to prepare the 600,000 people who return to society every year. (More than 95% of those who are incarcerated will come home.) Without resources, tools and information, many will not be successful. In fact, between 2005 and 2010 more than 75% of those who came home returned to prison.
How can we make sure they are ready to get out…and stay out?
Fair Shake has created a Reentry Resource Center that is available both online and in a software application that can be used inside Americas prisons, to give our citizens the tools they need to prepare to rejoin us, and to continue the support once they come home.
Fair Shake is the home of our nation’s largest Reentry Resource Directory where we offer primarily free and sliding scale resources (with no strings attached). We have employment information (for both applicants and employers!), housing information (for seekers and property managers!), and a Reentry Packet filled with information to help people prepare to leave prison. We offer information about starting a business, engaging in education, addiction recovery and special support for veterans, elders and those with an impairment. More than half of our incarcerated citizens are parents, so we also offer resources for child care, family counseling and transportation for children and families to visit loved ones in prison.
We communicate with the folks inside through a newsletter and also by traveling around the country offering free presentations….conversations, really…to share what we offer, to hear what people are looking for, and to answer questions about our free software. Why is everything available for FREE?
Money has a way of limiting opportunities and excluding people from participation. Money gets earmarked for special interests and agendas. Fair Shake believes everyone should be free to reach their full potential to engage fully in a satisfying life…and when people live satisfying lives, they will not go back to jail. We have no special interests; we are 100% committed to personal and mental freedom and success for all.
We don’t need to wait for someone to fix the system. They won’t!
We must do this – together – with the help of those who are getting ready to make the transition.
They want success! We want them to be successful!
That is how democratic citizenship works; and this is how we can create safety and security in the land of the free.
And this is why we need your support.
We have figured out how to do the heavy lifting so you don’t have to…but we need your help to provide the FREE tools and information that will support your future neighbors, colleagues and classmates. Together we can have a big impact!
Help us continue to provide:
• FREE software (updated annually) to our nations prisons and jails. The software looks and works exactly like the website.
• FREE access to the RESOURCE DIRECTORY for everyone; no ‘referral’ required!
• FREE ‘Office in the Cloud’ for everyone who comes home which includes a free email account, data storage and a personal webpage.
• FREE support pages for all stakeholders including formerly and currently incarcerated, family and friends, employers, property managers reentry professionals and community members
• FREE presentations in prisons all around the country
• And if we receive $100,000 in donations, we will again be able to send FREE Reentry Packets to all who request them.
Let’s fix the system!
We ALL deserve a fair shake.
Thank you for helping us build strong and safe communities!
Founder and Director