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Restore Families Transform Communities, Eliminate Recidivism

What is Recidivism?

Recidivism refers to a person's relapse into criminal behavior after release or completing their sanctions for a crime. The rate of recidivism is used in the corrections to measure the effectiveness or success of the criminal justice system. Research continues to show there are disparities and inefficiencies withing the system that play a contributing factor to recidivism. 

  • The African American Incarceration Rate in Texas is 7 times higher than that of whites

  • Texas is home to the greatest number of prisons and jails in the USA. With 313 prisons it has 110% more places of incarceration than colleges

  • 6 out of 10 of those released from prison will return to prison within 3 years in.

Individuals exiting the system come out to a world that is unwilling and ill equipped to address or provide for even the most basic needs such as food, shelter, healthcare, mental health services, employment and family support.

This continued disparity continues to garnish the attention of government entities and in 2018 the Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2018 directed funds in the way of federal grants to provide services focused on employment, substance abuse treatment, housing, family services, mentoring, among other services to individuals reintegrating into to the community after instituationalization.

What makes FREED Texas different?

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FREED Texas was born out of a great need to address the multidimensional needs of an individual as they strive to reintegrate into a society that has discounted them as citizens. FREED Texas believes that reintegration and rehabilitation is possible when services are individualized, wholistic, and supportive. The FREED Program provides and intensive 9 week program called the Remnent of Healing Academy. The program provides a well rounded curriculum based on "7 Pillars":

  • Peer Support

  • Family Restoration

  • Civics

  • Divinity

  • Education

  • Employment 

  • Health & Wellness

From the application process to the 12 months of monitoring following the completion of the Academy, FREED Texas strives to empower each Scholar and equip them to be leaders in their homes, families, and communities. 

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