Parolee/Ex-Offender Employment, Housing, and Reentry Gateway Services

Redux is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to reduce crime-recidivism by promoting the productive reintegration into society of law-abiding tax-paying ex-offenders and parolees. This is accomplished by coordinating local, state, and federal resources, and by providing a stable, self-sustaining and scaleable one-stop delivery system of those resources through charitable social programs and gateway services, and by providing access to food, clothing, shelter, medical-physical, mental health substance abuse treatment programs, financial and legal services, educational-vocational training, employment resources and jobs. Our vision is to provide hope and self- reliance to ex-offenders by providing a comprehensive services delivery and by creating reentry processes that reinforce the message of accountability and individual responsibility, while also attending to the issues about the offender?s regaining legitimacy in society. All facets of the community will be used to evaluate and provide the ex-offender with the necessary services along with meaningful oversight. The ex-offender is faced with the challenges involved in reintegrating themselves back into society. Reentry programs are virtually nonexistent. Unfortunately, the chances of a successful reentry for these individuals are low, and many who are released are unable to successfully make the transition to freedom and find themselves back behind bars; hence the high, 67%, recidivism and subsequent rearrest rate.

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On the mosaic diagram, which of these factors is the primary focus of your work?

Factor

Poor understanding of the human and social capitals of low income communities

Principle

Change radically the logic behind your business model

Implementing system reforms that emphasize collaboration and strategic alliances between public and private sector agencies in order to achieve a greater social purpose.

Name Your Project

Parolee/Ex-Offender Employment, Housing, and Reentry Gateway Services

Describe Your Idea

Redux is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to reduce crime-recidivism by promoting the productive reintegration into society of law-abiding tax-paying ex-offenders and parolees. This is accomplished by coordinating local, state, and federal resources, and by providing a stable, self-sustaining and scaleable one-stop delivery system of those resources through charitable social programs and gateway services, and by providing access to food, clothing, shelter, medical-physical, mental health substance abuse treatment programs, financial and legal services, educational-vocational training, employment resources and jobs. Our vision is to provide hope and self- reliance to ex-offenders by providing a comprehensive services delivery and by creating reentry processes that reinforce the message of accountability and individual responsibility, while also attending to the issues about the offender?s regaining legitimacy in society. All facets of the community will be used to evaluate and provide the ex-offender with the necessary services along with meaningful oversight. The ex-offender is faced with the challenges involved in reintegrating themselves back into society. Reentry programs are virtually nonexistent. Unfortunately, the chances of a successful reentry for these individuals are low, and many who are released are unable to successfully make the transition to freedom and find themselves back behind bars; hence the high, 67%, recidivism and subsequent rearrest rate.

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Description of your products or services:

Redux is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to reduce crime-recidivism by promoting the productive reintegration into society of law-abiding tax-paying ex-offenders and parolees. This is accomplished by coordinating local, state, and federal resources, and by providing a stable, self-sustaining and scaleable one-stop delivery system of those resources through charitable social programs and gateway services, and by providing access to food, clothing, shelter, medical-physical, mental health substance abuse treatment programs, financial and legal services, educational-vocational training, employment resources and jobs. Our vision is to provide hope and self- reliance to ex-offenders by providing a comprehensive services delivery and by creating reentry processes that reinforce the message of accountability and individual responsibility, while also attending to the issues about the offender?s regaining legitimacy in society. All facets of the community will be used to evaluate and provide the ex-offender with the necessary services along with meaningful oversight. The ex-offender is faced with the challenges involved in reintegrating themselves back into society. Reentry programs are virtually nonexistent. Unfortunately, the chances of a successful reentry for these individuals are low, and many who are released are unable to successfully make the transition to freedom and find themselves back behind bars; hence the high, 67%, recidivism and subsequent rearrest rate.

Description of the operational model:

Our operational model consists of identifying and collaborating with public and private resources such as various federal, state, regional and local governmental agencies, political officials, chambers of commerce, and other potential various stakeholders. Our efforts have been to coordinate all available potential programs and services within the community and present them to the ex-offender in a simplified and unified manner. The goal is to identify stakeholders' common and specific interests; articulate a common vision for transition; develop and implement policies and procedures that expedite information flow between and among stakeholders; identify problems, plan improvements and monitor their implementation; establish regular and continuing communication among stakeholders; and remove or minimize any potential barriers to performing reentry transitional activities. By coordinating and establishing ongoing projects with the Department of Corrections, the Social Security Administration, the Human Services Agency, the Department of Labor-Ready4Work, Workforce Investment Board, the Department of Rehabilitation, and the Departments of Public and Mental Health, the Chamber of Commerce and with the cooperation of the local politician?s, Redux has earned their trust and is able to serve as a catalyst for change. Current Projects:15 Acre Transitional Housing, Parole Orientation Seminar, Ready2Work Parolee Labor Force, Parolee Voicemail, Volunteers-In-Parole, Call-Center

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Description of the financial model:

Redux is a nonprofit social entrepreneur and does not charge for its services. Its goals are altruistic and are dedicated to the betterment of the parolee/ex-offender population nationwide, the community, and ultimately society and humanity. Redux is currently seeking to strategically leverage and maximize the value of discrete local, state, federal, and private sources (foundations and grants), direct traditional and non-traditional funding opportunities to support reentry initiatives, working towards self- sufficiency as a corporation, by generating and coordinating various funding streams using a variety of projects and programs, human resource employment contracts, call-center projects and any other future revenue streams Redux can develop. We are currently seeking private donors and foundation support. Redux is currently applying for State of California- Propositions 46 and 63 "Homeless Initiative Funding" and for Federal Funding through the Department of Labor's "Ready4Work" initiative and additional grants via President Bush?s reentry initiative "The Second Chance Act of 2005 (H.R. 1704). Redux hopes to be self-sustaining by June 2006.

Client fees represent this approximate percentage of operational budget:

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Key operational partnership:

Redux currently has ongoing projects with the following agencies: California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation, Social Security Administration, Human Services Agency, Department of Rehabilitation, Department of Public Health, Department of Mental Health, Department of Labor, Department of Labor-Workforce Investment Board, the Department of Housing and Community Development, the Volunteers In Parole project, and the Continuum of Care, Homeless initiative. Working with the Department of Labor, Ready4Work program, and through its national partners, mobilizes local coalitions of religious leaders, faith-based and community nonprofit organizations, along with corrections, parole and probation officials to work together for sustainable ex- prisoner reentry. Ready4Work partners receive mentor training, technical assistance, and skills development to help prepare organizations to meet the challenge of preparing ex-offenders to re-enter the marketplace. As always there are challenges to overcome when interfacing with large government bureaucracies. Our goal is to fine- tune the business model here in California and export it nationwide as resources permit.

Current outreach:

We are at the Start Up stage. Redux is currently servicing the Central California Valley located near Fresno, California., USA.. We have two full time employees and numerous volunteers.

How many clients have benefited from your product/service in total? Over the last year?:

We have serviced 215 parolees to date. We currently service 30 to 40 new parolees each month. Additional efforts are underway to service parolee's from neighboring counties.

What percentage of your clients is below the poverty line ($2 per day)?

99% Most ex-offenders have no funds and have generally burned all friends and family ties years ago. When we meet with them they have nothing but a backpack and the clothes on their back. Getting them food stamps and shelter is our immediate priority and finding employment for them is our next priority. Preparing offenders for successful reentry into the community requires a shift in paradigms; it is a very old and highly complex social issue. Prisoner reentry has fast become a major policy focus for states and one of the most profound challenges facing American society is the successful reintegration of the more than over 650,000 inmates released from state and federal prisons annually to parole supervision. More people are leaving prisons across the United States to return to their families and communities than at any other time in American history.

What is the order of magnitude of the potential demand for your products or services? Which other low-income groups, countries or regions could benefit from it? Try to quantify (number of clients, market size in currency).

In California alone we have more than 125,000 parolees, around 775,000 parolees nationwide. Two thirds will return to prison mainly due to lack of support services and inability to successfully reintegrate back into society. A total of 6,889,800 (4,073,987-probation and 774,588-parole) are currently under adult correctional supervision nationwide. The average cost of incarceration to American society is $60 billion annually or $22,000 per individual nationwide and a high of $36,000 per individual in California. The leading states in terms of incarceration rates are: California, Texas, Florida and New York. In the last five years alone, the California parolee population has quadrupled. More than 125,000 adult parolees are now returned to California communities each year whereby California now has over 20% of the United States parolee population.

Scale-up strategy:

How many low-income individuals do you plan to benefit in three years from now? How are you planning to scale up or replicate your solution? What are the major constraints to scale up?

Partnering with each individual state Department of Corrections, Redux intends to provide pre-release reentry services materials at each prison, as well as provide post- release reentry services delivery at the major parole hubs located throughout the United States. Our goal is to service a minimum of 50% of the parolee population or 65,000 parolee's in California. Our goal is to service 50% of the nations parolee population or 350,000 parolee's nationwide within 3-4 years. There is no nationwide organization currently providing pre- or post-release reentry services to this target population.

Which specific areas - and why - in your field would benefit most from investment by corporations, foundations, and other investors:

Per the U.S. Department of Labor, over 80% of the approximately 7 million ex-offenders located throughout the USA are unemployed, most collecting some form of government subsidies. Ex-offenders represent a huge and virtually untapped labor pool. Redux intends to employ and subcontract ex-offenders. Redux secures contract work for our labor force such as construction projects. We currently have a pool of skilled masons, carpenters, roofers, electricians, plumbers, carpet layers, framers, sheet rockers, light and heavy equipment operators. Redux provides a fidelity bond arranged through the Department of Labor's Federal Bonding Program. After successfully deploying Redux nationwide throughout the United States of America, resources permitting, we would like to pursue international markets and deploy our reentry model worldwide.

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Sustainability

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The organization: How does the initiative fit with your overall organization's strategic goals and priorities? How did the initiative start?

Redux was founded with one vision, to provide hope and self- reliance to ex-offenders, allowing them to successfully reintegrate back to their communities and society. Redux provides a service that is desperately needed and that few companies are willing to pursue. Incarceration has unfortunately become a way of life in most urban and suburban communities. As a society we transfer our problem citizens to prison and then abandon them when they are released. As Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky wrote, "A society should be judged not by how it treats its outstanding citizens, but by how it treats its criminals". It's time that we deal with the millions of ex-offenders and fix this abominable problem. After all "If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes the same village to take that wayward child and bring him/her back into the fold."

Organization's legal status:

NONPROFIT

Number of Employees:

2