Our solution to mass incarceration and high rates of recidivism is a "COMMUNITY OF CARE", a multi-systemic approach with strong evidence of impact that, if successfully replicated and scaled, could reduce future demand for government funding by reducing recidivism among offenders. The approach is based on the precepts that public safety is the standards kept by the people, not the police, and social isolation triggers all manner of mental illness, including sex disorders.
Consequently, instead of helping to integrate offenders into a healthy community, we further isolate and stigmatize them. Laws, policies, and regulations make life nearly impossible for convicted offenders — finding housing, work, and dignity. And then they re-offend.
Scaling a three-tiered approach will benefit America by addressing the offender, their families and communities, public and private service providers, and case management. The value is that it targets offenders wherein the current provision of services is inadequate and the problem persists with current funding and personnel resources. In the end, it equips the offender in finding work, housing, and dignity.
The three tiers:
1. Offender assessments
2. Offender treatment
3. Restorative social reintegration
COMMUNITY OF CARE IMPACT
For assistance in your area, contact one or more of these.
Independence Inn SRO, Batesville, Homeless Shelter, (870) 793-2311
Incarcerated Disciples Ministries, Benton, Robert Cannon (501) 541-1810
Women's Crisis Center, Camden, Wendy Dumas (870) 836-0375
New Hearts Ministries, Carlisle, (870) 552-5227
River Valley Christian Life Corps, Charleston, Kaye Robertson,(479) 965-6770
Fellowship Bible Church, Conway, Shane Willbanks (501) 690-8882
Courage to Change, Fort Smith, DeWayne Hicks (479) 629-6914
First Baptist Church, Harrison, Ed Pinkston (870) 416-6844
Omega Prison Volunteer, Hot Springs, Robert Kimble (501) 545-9062
Christian Men & Women's Job Corp, Jonesboro, (870) 933-6833
Helping Hands CDC, Little Rock, Leta Anthony, (501) 244-0455
A New Direction, Riverside Church or Christ, Mountain Home, De De Stephens Morris, (501) 350-5825
Saved By Jesus Ministries, Mountain View, Misty Owens (870) 615-2512
Project New Start, Newport (870) 523-8413
Mission Outreach, Paragould, (870) 236-8080
Jacob's Place Homeless Mission, Searcy, (501) 380-8283
Unity in the Community, Texarkana, (870) 773-2535, Bill Woodard
The Current Outreach Church, Van Buren, Kevin Hardcastle (479) 922-2241