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.

30,000 +

Florida prisoners are released annually and reenter our communities

Residential Model

Project 180’s Residential Program is modeled after a northern California non-profit established by and for formerly incarcerated individuals that has successfully assisted thousands of men and women reenter the community for over forty years.

Our model features job training and employment, academic education, a clean and sober living environment with access to medication-assisted treatment when available and medically advised, leadership training, volunteer opportunities in the community, and a new, law-abiding social network.

Project 180 is not a faith-based organization.

Future Residents

Our residents will be men who have stated and/or demonstrated a commitment to turning their lives around. The program will be multi-ethnic with a high proportion of racial and ethnic minorities.

Project 180 serves all of Florida through its prison and jail programs but in our Residential Program, preference will be given to prisoners returning to Sarasota County.

With no exceptions, sex offenders, individuals who have committed a crime against or involving a child, individuals with a record of arson, or anyone with a major mental health disorder other than depression or anxiety will be excluded from our Residential Program. We serve women in our prison programs but will not initially include women in our Residential Program.

Applicants who meet our criteria will be interviewed by a Project 180 team consisting of the CEO and several individuals who have experienced incarceration. The Office of the State Attorney of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit has offered to provide additional screening.

Project 180. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE, WITHIN THE STATE, 1-800-HELPFLA (1-800-435-7352), OR VIA THE INTERNET AT WWW.800HELPFLA.COM. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. (Registration Number CH27315).
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