Former Incarcerated:
Trying To Find
Gainful Employment
Communities All Over
The World becoming:
Self Reliant
Social Enterprise
Pioneering Social Change
  A Drug Arrest Occurs In The U.S. Every 19.5 Minutes   1 Trillion ($1,000,000,000,000) Spent 45 Million ($45,000,000) Plus Arrested   There Are Over 2.2 Million People Currently Incarcerated In The United States, 900,000 Of Them Are African American   Since The Early 70's The Prison And Jail Population In The United States Has Increased At An Unprecedented Rate.   The More Than 500% Rise In The Number Of People Incarcerated In The Nation's Prisons and Jails Has Resulted In A Total Of 2.2 Million People Behind Bars.   The State Of California Has Been Ordered To Release Over 40,000 Prisoners   Because Of Inhumane Living Conditions Due To Prison Overcrowding   Low Level Non Violent Drug Offenders Make Up 60% Of Those Incarcerated   $60 Billion Taxpayer Dollars Spent Annually For Direct Incarceration Costs (Room & Board, Food, etc)   81 Billion Taxpayer Dollars Spent For Indirect Incarceration Costs (Foster Care, Welfare, Medicaid, etc)   Wall Street Investors Profit Millions Based On How Many Bodies Are Squeezed Into Prison Cells   During The 1990's The State Of Texas Built 1 University And 77 Prisons   Many Major American Corporations Use Contracted Prison Labor To Avoid Paying Taxes   It Costs Approximately $450,000 To Incarcerate One Drug Dealer Including Conviction plus Room & Board (Schaffer Library Of Drug Policy)   Between 1985 And 1995 Over 80% Of The Increase Of The Federal Prison Population Was Due To Drug Convictions   In The Last Decade The Punitive And Over Zealous Tools And The Approach Of The Modern Criminal Justice System Have Seeped Into Our Schools, Serving To Remove Our Children From Mainstream Educational Environments And Funnel Them Into A One Way Path Towards Prison   10.5 Million Americans Are Working Poor, Meaning That They Spent At Least Half The Year In The Labor Force But Their Incomes Were Still Below The Poverty Line   15 Percent Of Americans (One In Six) Fell Below The Official Poverty Line In 2010, Defined As A Family Of Four With Income Below $22,314   Children Who Grow Up In Poor Families Are More Likely To Continue The Cycle Of Poverty As Adults, Compared To Children From Upper-Income Families, Undermining The American Dream   High Rates Of Poverty Hurt Everyone In The United States Because It Strips Limited Resources From The Government That Could Be Invested In Other Areas To Promote Economic Growth   Child Poverty Alone Is Estimated To Cost The U.S. Economy More Than $500 Billion Annually In Lost Productivity, Increased Health Care Costs And Higher Criminal-Justice Expenditures   Poverty Dramatically Harms Long Term Human Capital Development, A Critical Component In Our Nation's Global Economic Competitiveness   Children Who Grow Up In Poverty Under Perform In School, Have Limited Access To Higher Education And Are Less Likely To Be Prepared For The High-Skilled Jobs Of The Future

Economic Development - Job Creation !

Gainful Employment

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.

Livable Wage Employment

Job training is a first step to employment but more is needed. To truly make a difference in the lives of formerly incarcerated individuals, 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 leading to recidivism; an inability to build individual capacity through self-support and maintenance.

Community Benefits

Employment greatly reduces recidivism. Reducing recidivism will decrease the amount of money spent to incarcerate and re-incarcerate individuals.

Only then can taxpayer dollars be redirected to critical areas such as education, healthcare and transportation.

Our communities and cities reap additional benefits; growth in the number of self-sustaining citizens, a new pool of taxpayers, and a reduction in the amount of child support provided by social service agencies.

Providing "Pathways to Success" for low-level, non-violent formerly incarcerated individuals is the single focus of Breaking Barriers Network.