In Arkansas, when prison inmates exit the correctional system, there is a high likelihood that many will be returning to prison. According to a 2013 Arkansas Department of Corrections study, there was a 56.50 percent recidivism rate over the course of the previous three years.
Recidivism refers to a convicted criminal’s likelihood to relapse into criminal behavior that often results in additional prison time. Recidivism, according to the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice, is “measured by criminal acts that resulted in rearrest, reconviction or return to prison with or without a new sentence during a three-year period following the prisoner’s release.”
One organization in Arkansas is working to reduce the recidivism rate by providing individuals exiting the prison system with valuable skills and resources that will help with the re-entry into society. Exodus.Life, a faith-based organization, works with paroled offenders, by providing them with a three phase plan to avoid returning to the prison system and developing skills necessary to functioning in society.
Exodus.Life’s three-phase process is centered around education, community and restoration. Parolees receive a “rigorous three-month” educational experience designed to motivate them to remaining out of prison. The community aspect is centered around providing a network for the individuals, and restoration is about training the individuals for employment.
Exodus.Life is actively working to lower the recidivism rate, reunite families and lower the number of children in foster care. However, the organization cannot do it alone. That’s why Exodus.Life is throwing the “United & Out for Life Western Shin-Dig” this October.
This annual fundraiser will raise awareness for Exodus.Life’s work and the impact that it is having on Arkansas.
In addition, the organization is honoring two individuals who are tireless advocates for families in Arkansas. This year, Exodus.Life is honoring Lt. Governor Tim Griffin and his wife Elizabeth Griffin for their advocacy of families and efforts to reduce recidivism throughout the state.
Exodus.Life’s “United & Out for Life” event will be held Thursday, Oct. 24, at 6 p.m., at RH Farm, located at 24311 Kanis Road in Little Rock.
Tickets for the event are $200 apiece. Click here to purchase.