67.8%
Number of released prisoners are rearrested within three years of release
18-20
Average number of requirements that people on probation must comply with per day, or face rearrest
27%
Unemployment rate among formerly incarcerated people
25%
Percent of formerly incarcerated people without a high school diploma, GED, or college degree
49%
Percent of people with 2 or more arrests per year who are unemployed
Poverty
The strongest predictor for recidivism [1]

The U.S. has a problem with mass incarceration.

Our country has only five percent of the world’s population — yet incarcerates 25% of the world’s prisoners, incarcerating at a rate 4 to 7 times higher than other Western nations. This corrections system impacts American taxpayers over $80 billion per year. And with over two million people behind bars, the U.S. has the highest total prison population in the world. [2]

But recidivism is an even larger problem.

Recidivism has come to be known as “the revolving door” in and out of prisons. While the national crime rate and total number of prisoners has declined, the percentage of new crimes committed by individuals released from prison has been increasing.

FreeWorld aims to eliminate recidivism altogether.

With an expansive curriculum, job placement services, and an enthusiastic community, FreeWorld gets formerly incarcerated people into high-wage jobs to thrive on their own terms. With a newfound sense of stability, prison remains a memory for FreeWorld graduates.

"I went to prison on a 15-year sentence at the age of 17. After I was released, I spent two years going from temp job to temp job. I felt lost... None of these jobs was a career and I couldn't earn enough to get on my feet. My parole officer told me about FreeWorld. It sounded too good to be true, but I decided that I had nothing to lose by giving it a shot. I'm now the happiest I've ever been! I'm in a career that will allow me to provide for my family and take care of my baby girl."

ANDREW J.
[1] Prison Scholar Fund 
[2] Prison Policy Initiative

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