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Project H.O.P.E. Re-Entry Initiative

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

Upcoming Events

Events are at no charge to job seekers.  Prospective employees will have the chance to meet with employers to learn more about employment opportunities and training.  Different agencies and organizations will also be on hand to provide guidance and assistance on how to successfully navigate the job search process and secure gainful employment.

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.

Letter from U.S. Attorney to Employers
Department of Labor Fidelity Bonding Program
Work Opportunity Tax Credit
Paid For On-The-Job Training (OTJ)
Individual Training Account (ITA) 
U.S. Labor Department Announces Availability of $66 Million In Grants To Improve Employment Opportunities For Justice-Involved Individuals

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
Former 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
A Guide To Building Your Resume
Job Readiness Quick Reference Guide
Re-Entry Map and Information  (Downloadable PDF Version)

Join the Project H.O.P.E. Team!

Project H.O.P.E. is a community based initiative where ordinary citizens, including formerly incarcerated persons, 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 formerly incarcerated person, 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

Project H.O.P.E. Subcommittee Responsibilities

Local Re-Entry Media Coverage

Re-Entry Task Force Coverage by Local 15 News
Project Hope Alabama Public Service Announcement

Job Fair and Employment Workshop Video

Click here to watch the Job Fair and Employment Workshop video on YouTube.

Thinking about starting a reentry program in your area?

Please click on the link below to view reentry resources and document templates.

Reentry Simulation

Help others in your area gain an understanding of the difficulties formerly incarercated persons face upon reentering the community by having them participate in the reentry simulation game

Local Fox 10 News Coverage of the March 4, 2016 Reentry Simulation Event

Beyond Project H.O.P.E.: Second Chance OR Else (SCORE) Program

SCORE Program on Youtube
SCORE Program Press Release
SCORE 6 Month Press Release

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.

Updated March 6, 2018

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