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Economic Development - Job Creation !
Once an individual has a criminal history, life is very different. Many formerly incarcerated individuals held jobs prior to incarceration. After they are released, gainful employment is difficult to obtain.
Studies show 60% of formerly incarcerated individuals are unemployed up to one year after release. The current state of our economy makes finding a job particularly difficult for this population.
A lack of sustainable employment is a major contributor to high recidivism rates. Where there is a high rate of unemployment, homeless populations increase and substance abuse and criminal activity will also escalate.
Self- Reliant Community Action
The ultimate goal of the Breaking Barriers Network is to provide the basis for "Self Reliant Community Action”. Society benefits from productive citizens who contribute to the tax base and flow of dollars through our economy.
From the most fiscally conservative taxpayer to the most liberal voter, the success or failure of solutions to this issue directly affect your quality of life through cuts in public services.
These cuts are most often seen in education, housing, transportation, public safety and other important services critical to the majority in our communities.
If an additional 10% of the 650,000 (65,000) ex-felons 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.
Social Service Enterprise
Breaking Barriers Network is garnering worldwide support to implement new and innovative ideas in the fight against poverty and mass incarceration.
Our plan of action does not depend wholly on outside enterprises to provide employment for individuals in the program. Instead, Breaking Barriers Network and Primary Group, Inc. have developed business ventures designed to provide employment through social service enterprises and other economic opportunities that will employ our clients at a livable wage.
These business ventures will include, but not be limited to Green technologies, skilled and unskilled labor and entrepreneurship programs.
These endeavors lay the groundwork for sustainability and growth to build additional Pathways-To-Success Development Centers across the country.