Project 180 seeks to build community, not prisons.
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
- an annual reentry lecture series for the general public
- information and referrals for felons seeking housing, programs, and employment, and
- a comprehensive, whole-life Residential Program for men in recovery