Reentry Facts

Every year, more than 600,000 of our fellow citizens return from prison to our communities and need support. Another 7M return from time spent in jail as well.

Recidivism (repeat offending) is a threat to public safety, a serious cost burden, an incalculable social harm, and the primary obstacle to successful reintegration of people returning to the community from prison.

Preventing recidivism benefits the state, taxpayers, the community, potential victims, and the formerly incarcerated, but it requires adequate reentry support across many different areas.

Current systems of support in St. Joseph County for returning citizens are either absent or inadequate. Fragmentation is a common problem that we believe we can overcome.

Life Outside will fill this need by coordinating existing resources in the area, identifying gaps in service, and working to fill those gaps.