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Once an individual has a criminal history, life is much different.  Many ex offenders held jobs prior to incarceration. After they are released steady employment is hard to come by if at all.  Studies show 60% of ex- felons are unemployed up to 1 year after release.  These current economic times only make matters worse for this population.  Lack of steady employment is a major contributor to high recidivism rates.  More homeless are created in our cities, more substance abuse is likely and criminal activity in our communities is on the rise.   


Breaking Barriers Network is gaining worldwide support to implement new and innovative ideas in our fight against poverty and mass incarceration.  Instead of looking to others to hire our clientele, we look to develop businesses through social service enterprise in a variety of areas that will employ our clients at livable wages.  Green technologies, skilled and unskilled labor and entrepreneurship programs are just a few of the areas we will incorporate.


This also lays the groundwork for sustainability and growth to build additional Pathways-To-Success Development Centers across the country.  Self Reliant Community Action.  It is in everyone’s’ best interest to support successful re-integration of ex-felons back into society.  From the most fiscal conservative taxpayer to the most liberal of voters, the success or failure of the solutions to this problem directly affect your quality of life through cuts in public services such as education or transportation, public safety and other important services we all depend on in our communities. 


If an additional 10% of the 500,000 (50,000) ex-felon released each year were employed at an average of $20,000 per year, that would generate approximately 10 billion dollars ($10,000,000,000) in taxable income.


Job training is a good first step to employment but we must go further.  To truly make difference in the lives of ex offender we must create employment opportunities at livable wages. Through partnerships and social service enterprises, the Breaking Barriers Network will create employment opportunities by developing businesses.  The ability to work at a livable wage solves one of the most fundamental problems to recidivism, lack of employment. 

 

Employment  greatly reduces recidivism.  Reducing the amount of recidivist will reduce the money being spent to incarcerate.   Taxpayer money can then be redirected to other urgent needs such as education and transportation.  Our communities and cities reap additional benefits including a growing number of self sustaining citizens, a new pool of taxpayers, plus child support and restitution can be paid.   Providing “Pathways to Success” for low level non violent ex-offenders is the single focus of Breaking Barriers Network. 

 

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