Project 180 was founded in response to the overwhelming need for prisoner reentry programs.

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Over 30,000 Florida prisoners are released annually and reenter our communities. Many wish to become law-abiding citizens and have the best intention of living a conventional life yet most have few job skills, lack a formal education, and experience discrimination in housing and job markets because of their felony records.

As a result, they become our local statistics—the homeless,the unemployed, the under-educated, the impoverished. Unable to make it in the conventional world, over 60% are rearrested for a new crime within three years causing further victimization and a drain on community resources.

Project 180 seeks to break this cycle by providing workforce education and financial literacy classes for inmates and an annual reentry lecture series for the general public. Our long-term goal is to open a 24/7 residential program for offenders who wish to turn their lives around. Project 180 seeks to build community, not more prisons.

Residential Model

Project 180 will utilize apprenticeships and a business training school model which has successfully assisted thousands of former offenders in California reenter the community for over forty years. Project 180 residents will have the opportunity to learn job, business and communication skills and how to act in a business environment as they work in paid apprenticeships at a construction company or local organic farm.

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Our Future Residents

Our future residents will be carefully selected male offenders who have stated and/or demonstrated a commitment to turning their lives around. Project 180 serves all of Florida but, for our Residential Program, preference will be given to prisoners returning to the counties we serve: Sarasota, Manatee, Hillsborough, Hardee and DeSoto Counties.

Our Residential Program will be multi-ethnic with a high proportion of racial and ethnic minorities. We will exclude sex offenders, individuals who have committed a crime against or involving a child, individuals with a record of arson, or anyone with a mental health disorder other than depression and/or anxiety. We serve women in our prison programs but will not initially include women in our Residential Program.

Prisoners who apply for residency will be heavily screened by a Project 180 team consisting of the Director and former offenders with input by the Office of the State Attorney.