PRODIGAL SONS AND DAUGHTERS PRISONER RE-ENTRY NITIATIVE
PSD Background Story
and in the spirit of Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous should be treated as a psychological and emotional disorder; especially given that 3/4 of the incarcerated struggle with a related substance use, mental and/or behavioral health challenge. PSD concluded that time nor the confidence of government or law enforcement was in their favor to prove their theories, therefore they adopted a self-help philosophy, constructed a curriculum, programs and services to match the needs of the formally incarcerated and returning citizens; their families, the community and society in general. The result is a 12 week Life Skills/ Mentorship Training Program, PSD Behavioral Health, PSD Aftercare Systems and PSD Industries. All created and operated by former incarcerated individuals and Fraternal Members of PSD.
A SOUND RE-ENTRY SYSTEM
35 years ago PSD committed to the belief that a “Core Group” of formally incarcerated and returning citizens; remorseful and seeking redemption could be instrumental in relaxing the atmosphere for social acceptance over time. In writing, the group carved out a description of the first fruit of this idea.
They accessed that in each stage of qualification loses were to be expected and were necessary to set high benchmarks against failure; necessary in establishing a way or identifiable alternatives to the criminal career.
By 2005 (16 years later), the group had a satisfactory model and were prepared to present it to the public. Until that time all preparation and testing had been done in a vacuum and funded out of pocket. …
Understanding society’s hesitance to embrace former offenders, PSD committed itself to embracing collaborations with established organizations. This gave PSD the opportunity to compare what their experience offered verses what had previously been the standard life skills and mentorship styles.
This firsthand experience of the psychological, emotional and sociological challenges former offenders face; in and out of prison, coupled with the lack of attention given those that remain free (1/3 do not recidivate) and go on to become contributing members of society, put PSD in position to exploit the value of this population.
From this was born the 100 Successful Formally Incarcerated Seminar and Workshop concept; which is a demonstration of the commitment of a number of returning citizens to step away from the revolving door of recidivism and teach others how to do it as well. PSD has long catered to the unique possibility of an Offender Lead Self-Help System. The experience would give PSD the data to structure a tailored program that would guide the former offender from prison to power by their own conviction and merits.
If the numbers are true, that in Essex County, NJ alone, 2,000 former offenders are released to the public each year; that means on average 166 each month; 1/3 will not survive beyond 6 months and 2/3 will fall victim to recidivism (or worse) in less than 2 years. The remaining 1/3 (666.6 each year or 55.55 each month) will survive on the streets, but in questionable conditions.
PSD created the seminar and workshop as a crash course screening, monitoring and mentoring agent to determine those prepared to take the initiative toward a self-help approach; which represents the second of a three step success component, the former being self-awareness and the latter self-sustaining. PSD’s ultimate objective is to motivate, advise and assist in re-entry transition by equipping former offenders with the thinking, steps and actions that are the basic building blocks of human survival. PSD’s ultimate goal is to expand on aftercare through a lifelong commitment to a fraternity whose values are personal advancement, family and community service.
The project was adopted for 6 months, starting April 2007 and continued to October 2007. The experience revealed that an extended program of life skills and mentorship training would serve significant good in preparing former offenders mentally and emotionally for the ever evolving demands of freedom.
Month of April
55 people attended – 25 requested services...
Month of May
65 people attended- 44 requested services
Month of June
70 people attended – 48 requested services
Month of July
40 people attended – 13 requested services
Month of Aug
13 people attended – 7 requested services
Month of October
42 people attended – 19 requested services
The request for services that resulted from the seminars came from ex-offenders, family members, associates and agencies. It more than justified the need for the PSD Life.
Skills/Mentorship Training Program; not simply with former offenders in mind but the people whose lives they affect, and those liable to them.
On January 1, 2008 PSD began conducting the 12 week Life Skills/Mentorship Training Program: Enrollments-72 (100%)
Graduates-36 (50% completed the course)
Reentry-16 (45% of those who completed the course were ex-offenders)
On October 1, 2008 classes began for another 12 week course and on March 28, 2009
A graduation was held: Enrollments-241 (100%)
Graduates-100 (42% completed the course)
Reentry-48 (48% of those that completed the course were ex-offenders)
- The remaining graduates were comprised of citizens, some family members, friends, professionals, leaders, etc. ...
- The 100 Successful Ex-offenders Seminar and Workshop and the first graduation were paid for entirely out of the pockets of members and the board of PSD.
- By the time of enrollment of the second life skills/mentorship class the program had expanded to 12 sites including out of state (Philadelphia) and several correctional hubs.
- Prior to the last Life Skill/Mentorship classes, PSD received over 400 request for registration into the program.
- The Budget for graduating the second class of 100 was approximately $100,000.
- At the conclusion of this filing Prodigal Sons and Daughters Redirection Services, Inc. has experienced a 0% recidivism rate among its fraternity and graduates.
The Fraternity (established membership and staff) as official representatives of the organization have had to master additional areas of organizational infrastructure qualifications such as:
- Methodology and
- Sponsorship of an Individual for the 100 Successful Ex-Offender Seminar/Workshop $200
- Sponsorship of an Individual for the 12 week Life Skills/Mentorship Training Program $834
- Sponsorship of an individual for 1 year Fraternity Supervision $3,000
- Sponsorship of a class of 10 students for the 12 week Life Skills/Mentorship Training Course $9,000 – 20
- Students $16,680 – 40 students $33, 360 – 60 students $50,039 (which constitutes a year of courses).
- Sponsorship of a class of 10 students for the 12 week Life Skills/Mentorship Training Program in an outside of the area location (5 miles and beyond) starts at $10,000
- Sponsorship of a Chapter start up begins at $500,000 locally and includes the condition that Fraternity Members must have at least two years directorship before turning it over to locals that have met the requirements of membership.
- Sponsorship of an Individual for a Basic Weekly Mentorship Package: Starting at $60 per week
- Donations to the general services of the organization: $50 – $100 – $250 – $500 – $75
- (Coming Soon) Other Community Packages:
- Sponsorship of a 2 day, 2 night Deserving Seniors Pocono/Atlantic City getaway
- Sponsorship of a 2 day, 2 night ex-offender Pocono retreat for the newly released:
- Sponsorship of a 2 day, 2 night at risk youth (male) Pocono retreat for the newly released:
- Sponsorship of a 2 day, 2 night at risk youth (female) Pocono retreat for the newly released:
The Objective of the Prodigal Sons and Daughters Redirection Services, Inc. ABCs of Re-entry model is to achieve the following:
- To draw an effective correlation between the parties involved in the re-entry process; i.e. family, police, courts, corrections, probation, parole, social services and the community to turn the former offender into an asset that shall fulfill the true goals of incarceration.
- PSD ABCs of Re-entry is designed to maximize societies return on it’s investment by using proven systems that make present and formerly incarcerated persons desire to play a productive role in the future of society.
Who Benefits from this plan?
- Intervention reduces the amount of crimes committed.
- Families on both sides are spared the grief and humiliation of being dragged into the criminal justice process without education.
- The strain on law enforcement (police departments and courts is reduced, both in terms of workload, risk and cost).
- Corrections receives high marks for reducing recidivism due to innovative and stellar “pre-entry” practices
- Probation and parole are greatly assisted in the transitional phases of returning prisoners.
- Social service agencies and the community based groups become the catalyst and beneficiaries of the reformed re-entry citizen who now gives back to his/her community.
Problem We Face:
Costly repetitive cycle of more than ½ of all released prisoners
B. Intervention and
C. Redirection = Reform!
What is the most effective way to redirect?
PSD 4 in 1 Process:
The PSD Moral Objectives
Snapshot of What We Do
- Life Skills/Mentorship Training
- Mental/Behavioral Health
- Substance Use Treatment
- Transitional Housing
- Community Outreach
- Job Training and Business Development
1. Start the Redemption Process During Incarceration
2. Encourage Offenders to Become Model Citizens
3. Get Families Involved
1. The family shares in the sanction imposed on the prisoner and are often left in the dark as to how the judicial process and incarceration procedures work.
2.The family has intimate knowledge of the offender that is important to tailoring the proper treatment for the prisoner.
3.There is a much greater chance the offender will take the commitment more seriously.
4. The incarceration will likely add some dysfunction in the family and counseling or treatment may be necessary.
5. The family is an unexplored resource that can go to work with PSD to prepare the environment for the returning citizen.