Ending Generational Incarceration
When it comes to reducing recidivism and rehabilitating the incarcerated, we have to acknowledge that incarceration is all too often a family affair. To end generational incarceration, we must address the entire family. If we provide basic education, job training, and work release programs to those incarcerated we can actively begin the road to ending generational incarceration which in turn supports and leads to economic and social development for the country.
The vision of the Eli Global Reform Foundation extends well beyond the walls of the jails where generational incarceration begins. Our ultimate vision is to help these men and women deviate from their current path to a more productive and successful approach to life.
At the basis of our vision of reducing recidivism and rehabilitation is an understanding that if we are able to vigorously work towards our goals, with an increased focus on rebuilding the family and community involvement, we can influence the next generation of leaders to help reduce the recidivism rates of tomorrow. Our vision lies in the idea that every man and woman we support in rising above and beyond these circumstances, will help them to elevate themselves, their families and their communities.
Achieving Our Mission
Ending generational incarceration one family at a time. For incarcerated individuals — 85% of whom will return home — the possibility of rehabilitation is undermined by the idleness and monotony of life behind bars. The continued high recidivism rate suggests that what we are doing is still not enough and can be improved. Simply releasing incarcerated people from jail is not the answer. The jails must be a place where personal transformation can be a reality. Getting there requires innovation and close partnerships with corrections professionals and others seeking to make change.
Our work includes exploring ways to better reduce recidivism and to rehabilitate people who are incarcerated. With the City and other partners, we can use education and job training to bridge the gap after incarceration by supporting re-entry into society.
The payoff of doing so is safer jails; increased rates of employment and higher incomes; much lower recidivism rates; and it also lessens the burden on the lower income families and communities most incarcerated people return to.
WHO WE ARE?
The Eli-Foundation is a coalition of like-minded partners that support jail and prison reform at every stage of the process:
- A think tank of leading academic and author experts in public policy
- An alliance of non-profit, political, and faith-based groups
- A lobby that educates politicians and advocates in public forums
- An investigative team that rates politicians’ records and prisons’ effectiveness
- A support network for jails and prisons that need to learn best practices
- Exploring ways to better reduce recidivism and to rehabilitate people who are incarcerated
- To offer strategies targeting the right decision makers to improve safety in our jails.
Eli Foundation launch.