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 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 76% are rearrested for a new crime within five years which contributes to victimization and drains community resources.
Project 180 seeks to break this cycle by providing workforce education and financial literacy classes for inmates plus an annual reentry lecture series for the general public. Our current goal is to open a long-term, 24/7 residential program for reentering men who wish to turn their lives around. Project 180 seeks to build community, not prisons.