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Preventing Recidivism

Organized by: Kasoyna Campbell

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THE STORY:

I was raised in Peoria, Illinois and read an article in the Huffington Post that stated that Peoria is one of the worst Cities for Black Americans to live. The incarceration rate is very high. Due to not enough training and support upon release from prison; There is a high percentage rate of ex-convicts that end up back in state prison. 51.7 percent of Illinois inmates. This rate is much higher than the national average rate as well as higher than other Midwestern States. This is the unforgotten population. Once released, employment opportunities do not come easy. Some of the issues faced are housing, medical insurance, and even current identification. Whereas they should feel a sense of relief to be released, they are acclimated to prison life and fear the unknown of a new and different society. It is a sad state of affairs when our people feel prison is their comfort zone. My aim is to help to close that revolving door. Asking myself how I can be of service, the idea that fell on my spirit is to assist individuals upon re-entry into society. My Nonprofit Organization wishes to partner with agencies that already assist newly released individuals. That would be easier that starting a brand new Organization. How awesome would it be for them to know that someone else really cares about their well being?

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