Welcome to Project H.O.P.E. (Helping Offenders Pursue Excellence). The mission of Project H.O.P.E. is to address the needs of re-entering ex-offenders in order to make their transition back into main stream society a success. For instance, Project H.O.P.E. attempts to assist ex-offenders in addressing their housing, educational and employment needs.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics there are currently 2.3 million people incarcerated in prisons and jails across America. Approximately 30,000 of those inmates are incarcerated in the State of Alabama. Nationally, 97% of the offenders in jail today will be released and then return to the communities from which they came. Statistics show that 30% of adult offenders released from state prisons are re-arrested within the first six months of their release. Even worse, within three years of their release from prison this increases to 67%, or two out of three, ex-offenders returning to prison.* Sadly, revocations are the fastest growing category of prison admissions. Parole violators now account for 35% of new prison admissions as compared to only 17% in 1980.**
Just in the Southern District of Alabama alone, in the federal system, between the years of 2008-2010, 328 ex-offenders were revoked for violating the terms of their supervised release and sent back to prison. The cost to the American taxpayer to incarcerate those 328 ex-offenders over a three year period amounted to $9.2 million annually. If these same 328 ex-offenders had been successful on supervised release it would have only cost the American taxpayer roughly $1.3 million. Project H.O.P.E. is a restorative initiative with the aim of giving ex-offenders a chance to become good citizens while simultaneously affording the greater community with the opportunity to enjoy safer neighborhoods in which to live and a lesser tax burden.
*Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics 2002
**Source: Travis & Lawrence, 2002
Employer Incentive Programs
Why do so many ex-offenders become repeat offenders? Statistics compiled by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in Washington D.C., indicate that ex-offender employment is a critical factor in whether recently released federal inmates are successful. Of the 262,000 federal prisoners that were released from federal prison between calendar years 2002-2006, 50% of those who could not secure any employment during the time of their supervised release (generally two-to-five years) committed a new crime or violated the terms of their release and were sent back to prison. However, an astonishing 93% of those who were able to secure employment during the entirety of their supervised release were able to successfully reintegrate back into society and not return to prison.
Resources for Ex-Offenders
“Ex-offenders, it’s like Ben Franklin said, ‘The constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness, you have to catch it yourself.’ The power to make a positive new beginning rests in your hands, head and heart. Take advantage of the tremendous resources available to you and make every effort to grab hold of the American dream.”
- Kenyen Brown
United States Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama
Employment Information Handbook For Ex-Offenders
Ex-Offender Local Area Quick Reference Guide
Light of the Village Resource Center
Voting Rights Restoration Guidance and Form
Department of Labor Fidelity Bonding Program
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
Paid For On-The-Job Training (OTJ)
Individual Training Account (ITA)
2nd Chance Staffing
Start Your Own Business
Join the Project H.O.P.E. Team!
Project H.O.P.E. is a community based initiative where ordinary citizens, including ex-offenders, gather together on a monthly basis to attempt to address the many challenges faced by ex-offenders. Project H.O.P.E. team members serve on subcommittees which are assigned to tackle a limited number of re-entry challenges.
Whether you are a service provider, business, employer, non-profit entity, religious organization or ex-offender, the lending of your talents and abilities to Project H.O.P.E. would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in serving on a re-entry subcommittee, please contact Mr. Eric Day of the U.S. Attorney's Office at 251.441.5845 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Re-Entry Media Coverage
Contact Us About Project H.O.P.E.
Point of Contact
You can email Eric Day or reach him by phone at 251.441.5845.