Example Of What
Urban Redevelopment
Can Look Like
(What is Possible)
Breaking The Cycle
of Addiction
and Incarceration
Teenage Drug
Addiction Stories
Families In Crisis:
Effects Of Incarceration
On Families
  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


Housing & Family

There are 650,000 ex- felons released into our communities each year. Ex- felons do not qualify for housing assistance nor can they live with anyone that is receiving government assistance.

The ultimate goal under the housing initiave is to provide easy access to housing for individuals within our target market as well as low income individuals that need housing assistance as well as access to affordable house alternatives.

There is a tremendous shortage of family oriented housing developments that promote the reunification of the family unit. Additional in house services such as marriage counseling, parenting and Post Tramatic Stress cause from incarceration, separation, fostercare and a host of other family and community based issue will be addressed.

Without employment, adequate housing and a comprehensive support system, 60% of those released commit new crimes in our neighborhoods within 6 months to 3 years.

Tremendous barriers to housing for this population greatly contributes to crime, chronic unemployment, foster care placement for their children and increased substance abuse.

Family in Jeopardy

Lack of housing creates an increase in crime, poses a threat to public safety and threatens quality of life. Lack of housing adds to the homeless population and traps individuals in cycles of deep poverty.

This puts the family in jeopardy, children suffer which increases the need for state subsidies such as food stamps and creates more homelessness and poverty.

The United States spends $258 million dollars a day on foster care. $70 million a day of that goes directly to care for children of incarcerated parents.

Dying In Prison: Still Affects The Family Unit

PTS Development Center

Through strong community support and innovative ideas, Primary Group, Inc. and the Breaking Barriers Network are partnering with communities and other organizations across this country to create "Pathways-To-Success Development Centers".

Instead of "pleading out" to prison time, this program works with local agencies for legal alternatives to incarceration. (i.e. fines, enrollment in drug treatment program, etc).

Studies show that when low-level, non-violent formerly incarcerated individuals receive the proper support, chances for a successful re-integration back into society are very high.

Housing Progression

After 12 months of successful counseling, mentoring, training and employment qualified clients can move into apartment style quarters with their families while still participating in the program.

After 2-3 years of successful housing and employment, home ownership is now possible.

Families can be reunited, new taxpayers are contributing, recidivism rates decrease and self- supportive citizens can be created.