Many offenders intend to become law-abiding citizens when they’re released from jail or prison but face an uphill battle to meet their basic needs. Project 180’s focus on clean and sober housing, job skill training, academic education, and establishing a supportive social network is a logical solution to the difficult challenges former offenders face when they reenter our communities.
“If Florida is to become a safer place to live for all of our citizens, we must help those ex-offenders who mean to abide by the law in overcoming the many challenges they face upon release from incarceration. Staying clean and sober, getting a job and earning a living, having a driver’s license or other form of identity, becoming one with the civic standards of a healthy and stable community, and having a roof over our heads are all advantages many of us take for granted. Project 180 helps those returning to society from behind bars with all of this in a smart, intelligent, and community-supportive way. I endorse their program.”
Florida faces the daunting challenge of decreasing its already unprecedented prison population. One way to achieve this goal is to reduce recidivism of those prisoners returning home. Some of the the greatest needs an ex-offender faces upon release is that of employment and housing, which are not easily available to this population. Project 180 is a unique and innovative project that will afford ex-offenders the hope, compassion, skills set and the opportunity for restoration required to ensure a successful reentry. It is clear that Florida needs many more community projects like this one.