Nationally, 77 percent of individuals who return to their communities after being released from prison end up recidivating within three to five years. This number has not changed in more than 30 years, revealing the lack of a successful re-entry approach.

Reincarceration has a devastating impact on not only these individuals, but their families, communities and our society as a whole. This ripple effect includes increased unemployment, homelessness, mental health and substance use disorders, utilized social services, ongoing crime and more. Failed prisoner re-entry is a major contributor to the exceedingly high incarceration rates in the United States.

After prison, 72 percent of individuals will not find a full-time job.

Wages for the formerly incarcerated are as much as 40 percent lower than never-incarcerated counterparts.

An overwhelming 83 percent struggle with substance use.

These individuals are five times more likely than the general population to be homeless.

Approximately 10 million children have experienced parental incarceration at some point in their lives.

Children with an incarcerated parent are 6 to 9 times more likely to go to prison.

When fathers are incarcerated, the average family income falls 22 percent.

Children of incarcerated parents are more likely to experience depression, anxiety, poor academic performance, school absenteeism and homelessness.

$80 billion annually is spent on correctional supervision alone.

In most states, corrections spending is the second-fastest growing public expense (after Medicaid).

Low success rates after prison are a major driver of poverty in the United States even during periods of economic growth.

Arrest rates for crime are 30 to 45 times higher for the formerly incarcerated than the general population.

In essence, existing approaches to re-entry support have left us with unacceptably high costs to public safety and public spending AND a population of marginalized, vulnerable, and underserved citizens.

The numbers are staggering; more than 100 million Americans are justice-involved, thus impacting hundreds of millions more. Mass incarceration is the third largest social issue that our country faces today. If we can reduce the devastating cycle of incarceration, we can help eliminate the downstream effects AND build healthier, stronger families and communities.

Robin HaugenReincarceration