More people are incarcerated in America than in any other country. And in Colorado, 50% of people released from correctional facilities return to prison within 3-years. These are people who encounter societal stigmas that impact them at every turn. Employment is the single biggest influence on recidivism rates. But they can’t get jobs that pay a living wage. The Colorado Department of Corrections (2022) reports that 27.5% of people on parole are unemployed. People on parole report that they are unable to secure jobs due to their felony convictions, even when employers recognize that they have the right skills for the job. The turnover rate for employees with criminal records is 13% lower than that of traditional employees. Even in light of this, the jobs that many returning citizens are able to land do not have the opportunity for upward economic mobility, further exacerbating the problems of inequity, poverty, recidivism, and unstable family structures. As incarceration rates, unemployment, and recidivism rates increase.
Join us as we work to put a stop to this cycle. Through compassion, connection, and community, we rebuild people’s lives and ultimately help them reintegrate into society—all while challenging outdated perceptions to reform how our country defines criminal justice.
The graduates of our program fight, every day, to move forward, to shrug off the weight of societal stigma that prevents them from getting jobs and accessing essential resources. They have to fight to be seen as who they truly are, to pursue economic freedom for their families, and to truly have a sense of belonging. Will you fight with them?
Everyone has to fight - to move forward - to Breakthrough.
Your contribution will help us fight for fair opportunities for employment for our graduates.