In Pennsylvania, it costs more than $42,000 per year to keep one person in the state corrections system, and this does not count all the expenses it takes to first place a person into incarceration. Outside of public expenditures, the cost to victims and the families of those in corrections is massive, including legal fees, phone calls, transportation time and expense, loss of income and family support, and separated families.
People released from state corrections are rearrested for a new offense.
Return to corrections within three years.
Are reincarcerated within three years of their release.
When returning to society, these men and women face immense systemic barriers that are only magnified by incarceration, such as low employment, lack of healthcare, limited education, a prevalence of homelessness, and much more.
With the significant cost of incarceration to states, communities, and families, and the massive coordination involved amongst systems, what if that same effort and investment was put into their reentry to society? What if returning citizens had a comprehensive, fully-invested approach to their exit from incarceration and reentrance into their communities?