Of the approximate 19,000 men and women that go in and out of Arizona prisons each year, more than 70% are incarcerated for “self-abusive” behavior including: Drinking, Drugs and petty crimes used to fund their addiction (forgery, theft and so on).
We feel that given a chance to do well for themselves, with a pathway to become productive members of society, between 60-80% of them would succeed.
The inability to obtain a job and a place to live (outside of associations of the past) is a large part of why so many quickly return to activities which result in returning to prison. What is needed? We need to help them build something worth not losing: a job, a place to live, a motor vehicle, money in the bank – and most importantly, self-confidence and something to lose.