Concordance is working to end the devastating cycle of reincarceration.

77% of individuals released from prison are rearrested within five years.

Since our founding in 2015, we have reduced the reincarceration rate among our participants in St. Louis by 44%. We are the only program of our kind offering a holistic, integrated, and evidence-informed re-entry model.

100M

Americans impacted by mass incarceration

That is nearly 1/3 of all Americans, making it one of the biggest societal issues we face as a country.

30M

felons in the U.S.

60% of justice-involved individuals are Black and people of color. The imprisonment rate of Black males is six times that of white males, and for Hispanic males, the imprisonment rate is nearly three times that of white males.

10M

children have experienced parental incarceration.

Children with an incarcerated parent are six times more likely to go to prison themselves. They are also more likely to experience depression, anxiety, low academic performance, school absenteeism, and homelessness.

Recidivism is not a phenomenon.

Many factors lead to reincarceration.

Most incarcerated individuals have experienced horrific trauma at a young age, which is the result of being born in neighborhoods that have been devastated by inequity and often lack social capital and positive support systems.

Approximately 80% of justice-involved individuals suffer from mental health disorders and 83% struggle with a substance use disorder.

With limited resources and funding, re-entry service providers typically only focus on one or two areas of need, leading to low success rates after prison.

Successful re-entry starts with healing.

The Concordance holistic, integrated and evidence-informed re-entry model brings together 12 essential services to address the inequities that lead participants to commit crimes and return to prison. By first addressing an individual’s trauma and helping them begin their healing journey, we can better prepare them for a successful return to their community.

Behavioral Health & Wellness

Cognitive therapy, mental health, substance use programming, and physical health.

Education & Employment

HiSET® tutoring, digital literacy, job readiness, workplace simulation, and full-time work through the Concordance Employment Agency.

Community & Life Skills

Housing, legal services, family reunification, community and spiritual support.

We’ve reduced the reincarceration rate among our participants in St. Louis by

44%

Meet James

Participant Stories

James was tired. Tired of going to prison. Tired of hurting himself and his family. For him, making a change started by asking Concordance for help.

When you are suffering from the effects of trauma, you need a supportive community. Concordance can provide that for our participants.

Danny Ludeman
President & CEO

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