“For the first time, I feel like I can do something with my life, like I can be somebody. Somebody GOOD.” ~ Amy, age 40, RMO Reentry class participant
Think of a time when you felt like other people cared about you, like you were "somebody special." What was that like? Call up those good feelings again and savor them for a moment.
Now, can you imagine feeling like no one cares what happens to you? Like you've been rejected by society?
Amy was in the Lancaster County Reentry Management Organization (RMO) Reentry Course at Lancaster County Prison last week. She said, "Society doesn't care about us in here. It's like we don't exist. And when we come out of prison back into society, they don't want us out there either."
In some ways, Amy is right. Some people think we should lock criminals up and throw away the key.
But 95% of the people in our prisons WILL BE RELEASED back into our communities someday.
With 1 in 100 American adults currently incarcerated and 1 in 31 under corrections control (probation/parole, prison, etc), the odds are EVERY community has people who have been in prison.
Imagine that some of them are living in YOUR community. What would help you to feel safe?
The RMO partnership has proven that providing coordinated, intensive reentry services to help people coming out of prison can improve community safety, reduce recidivism** and save the taxpayers money***, while helping clients become productive citizens and remain crime-free.
When Amy completed the RMO Reentry Course, she said, "This helped me feel like I'm a real person again. For the first time, I feel like I can do something with my life, like I can be somebody. Somebody GOOD."
** Nationally, about 67% of people released from prison are re-incarcerated within 3 years (67% "recidivism rate")
RMO clients' recidivism rate: 28% (mostly technical parole violations)
Only 9% of RMO clients have committed new crimes. We know that's still too high. We've got lots more work to do. Your donation will help!
*** Avg cost to incarcerate at Lanc Co Prison: $59.16/person/day
Avg cost to provide intensive RMO reentry services: $23.60/person/day