Breaking The Cycle
of Addiction and
  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

Human Services!

As many as 85% of those released from prison have a substance abuse problem and 13% of those released have emotional or mental disorders (diagnosed or undiagnosed) that require regular treatment. Counseling and substance abuse treatment is an inherent part of recovery.

While many agencies provide services in this area, there is still a severe shortage of human service support following incarceration. Current programs often have long waiting lists and may only provide short-term support.

The inability to find and participate in ongoing counseling and life skill support is a major contributor to high recidivism rates.


Less Services, More Recidivism

The lack of available human service support increases the possibility that an individual will be looped into a cycle of recidivism and personal failure.

The ability to gain and maintain employment is greatly diminished based on their previous involvement in the criminal justice system.

The Faces Of Addiction

Enormous Cost

Taxpayer dollars are being spent by the tens of billions each year to cover the huge financial and social costs.

This enormous policy driven strategy is placing huge financial burdens on state and federal budget concerns competing for funding; education, transportation and infrastructure just to name a few.

Long Term Support

The goal of Breaking Barriers Network is to decrease individual recidivism rates and overall participation in criminal activity. The program design supports these efforts by providing immediate and comprehensive services to individuals and taking a root cause approach to the problem.

The individual receives long term intensive support to insure program completion and long term success. The Breaking Barriers Network provides support for basic survival needs including food and shelter as well as employment, emotional and spiritual support.

Ongoing counseling and monitoring provides the basis for personal development to increase individual capacity to make informed decisions and develop effective problem solving skills.

The Breaking Barriers Network provides continuous in-depth human service support critical to long term positive integration back into the community.

Solution Based

The inadequacy of human service support provides a venue for increased participation in non-productive and destructive behaviors, which demand the allocation of more taxpayer dollars as a band-aid to the issues of incarceration and recidivism.

The Breaking Barriers Network is designed to address the multitude of issues that often impede successful recovery and productivity. The availability of human service support is a vital component of a positive outcome for the individual, their family, and society.

Breaking through this barrier increases the possibility of people who have committed low-level, non-violent drug infractions and other low level individuals who are incarcerated can become self supportive, productive tax-paying citizens.



No Viable Pathway

In addition, in times of despair, they often return to substance abuse and re-engage in criminal activity to financially support their habit.

This increases the threat to public safety and decreases their chances of becoming productive tax paying citizens.

Generational Addicts

In addition, children of addicts are more likely to become addicts themselves. (National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, Shoveling Up: The Impact of Substance Abuse on State Budgets (New York, NY: CASA, Jan. 2001), p. 13.)

Because human service needs are not being met, thousands of people are added to this population everyday.

This process continues to demand more and more taxpayer dollars that function as a "band-aid" or temporary fix to a chronic issue.

Treatment Not Incarceration

"Of the $81.3 billion spent by states on substance abuse in 1998, $77.9 billion was spent shoveling the wreckage of this enormous health and social problem..."

"Almost ninety-six (95.8) cents of every state dollar spent on substance abuse goes to carry its burden in state programs such as criminal justice, school aid, Medicaid, child welfare, developmental disabilities and mental illness because of our failure to prevent substance abuse and treat those who are abusers and addicts."