Public, Society Benefit

Freedom House Reentry Education and Employment Corporation

REENTRY THAT WORKS

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Woodland Hills, CA

Mission

To reduce recidivism through reentry programs and social enterprises that empower the formerly incarcerated, their families and communities.

Ruling Year

2015

CEO

Mr. Dylan Hood

Main Address

21550 Oxnard Street 3rd Floor PMB 88 Ste. 1700

Woodland Hills, CA 91367 USA

Keywords

reentry, recidivism, social enterprise, children with incarcerated parents, work force development,

EIN

47-1872832

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Nearly 688,000 individuals are released from America’s prisons each year. They return to their communities needing housing and jobs, but their prospects are generally bleak. Close to three-quarters of them have a history of substance abuse, and more than one third have a physical or mental disability. These former prisoners are going home to some of the nation’s poorest neighborhoods, where they often lack stable social bonds and support networks. Given the huge gap between their complex challenges and their limited opportunities for addressing them, it is not surprising that recidivism rates are high. In fact, more than half (52 percent) of former state prisoners are back behind bars within three years after their release. The number of Americans behind bars has increased steadily and now includes more than 2.1 million men and women. Almost all of them will eventually be released, and, unless something changes, more than half of them will return to prison.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Get Help App Phone Program

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Average number of service recipients per month

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Incarcerated people and formerly incarcerated people

Related program

Get Help App Phone Program

Context notes

We monitor the number of formerly incarcerated individuals or families that upload our application on a monthly basis

Number of service recipients who are employed

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Incarcerated people and formerly incarcerated people

Related program

Get Help App Phone Program

Context notes

Part of our service is that we aid our clients with potential job sources.

Number of mentors recruited

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Incarcerated people and formerly incarcerated people

Related program

Get Help App Phone Program

Context notes

We actively are recruiting Volunteer and Peer mentor. We offer 24/7 mentorship and provide free training for all mentors. Mentor can work remotely.

Number of inmates served

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Incarcerated people and formerly incarcerated people

Related program

Get Help App Phone Program

Context notes

We have expanded our program database from IL. Today we are available to also offer our program in CA, TX, NY, NJ, LA, NC, WA, MI, FL, OH, PA, GA and AZ.

Charting Impact

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

Our Get Help App supports the safe and successful transition of adults from secure confinement back to their families and communities. Our program has the potential of putting our Get Help App© into the hands of every individual exiting the criminal justice system. The Get Help App provides a 24/7 source of support to formerly incarcerated individuals and their families. With the simple push of a button: they are connected to a trained Mentor and they are connected to a live referral resource hotline that connects individuals to every possible resource (via GPS) to help ensure successful reintegration. Research suggests that mentorship will help to reduce recidivism by at least 39% and help to decrease government correctional expenditures by millions of dollars. The application will also be a tool that will provide job listings, videos related to decision making, notification of important dates and events such as job fairs. This is a needed technological advance to reduce recidivism.

As a part of our approach for attracting app users, we inform every US prison and jail directly, as well every parole and probation division, prison ministry and community church of our programming and availability. The more people that know we exist the greater our success and the greater the number of individuals we will impact. The Get Help App is integrated with the iCarol CRM software. This gives us wonderful reporting capabilities. Each call, text or search is tracked. We can monitor areas of life that are presenting difficulties to each individual. We routinely perform “follow-up” with our participants. Our mentors are trained to take notes on each call through a drop-down menu that allows us to monitor a participant’s demeanor, any potential risk, and to log resources requested. Our anticipated data will be huge.

Reentry in the United States is siloed. Lots of organizations claim to offer a one-stop shop approach to reentry and while some do, our application is a conduit in that effort for those organizations that are specialized. We are the one place that anyone can come for everything reentry related throughout the US. Because of this, there is no comparison with us and other organizations. We operate 24/7, we presently have databases of referral resources in 15 of 50 states, and we are adding additional states at a rate of 2 per week. We can be used as a tool for individuals exiting prison and jail. We have a capability to offer jobs in all 50 states. We offer resources whether you are in a big city or small town either through a live voice call or via text. We offer mentorship through a voice call or text. Our mentors are both volunteer and peer (having been formerly incarcerated). We offer mentor training and all can work remotely from wherever they are. Our budget is less than $30k.

Coming iterations of our app will just continue to get better. As we become more well-recognized, we will increase our volunteer base and the types of resources we can offer. Eventually, we plan to hire mental health and medical professionals as needed. We also expect our employment network to grow as employers begin to recognize us a source of a reliable employment and will post their job listings with us directly. As recidivism rates begin to decrease, state and the federal budgets will see a decrease in their incarceration expenditures. We also hope that our programming and versions of our application will be of use to veterans, the homeless population, and victims of mental illness. Our growth will depend on the self-generated revenue through our application as well as the ways we are able to monetize our service for providers and state and local governments. Our plan is to build it, prove it and then sell it.

FREE recently created a new enterprise in the cannabis industry. It is a bold vision, to construct grow facilities in communities that have been devastated by poverty and drugs. I formed a concept of what if we were able to turn the tables and use drugs to benefit those areas. Marijuana I California holds the key. Our plan includes 2 million square feet of grow space in Compton, Stockton, Bakersfield and Fresno, California. Our build-out will take place over the next 2 years. We are starting with a crowd funding campaign to raise an initial $1mm and we have secured and are seeking debt financing for our build-out. Our first harvest will be in November 2019 and afterwards we will harvest on a monthly basis. We have teamed with the best attorneys in the state. As we believe in diverse hiring, 52% of our workforce will be female and people of color. As a part of our strategy, our social media campaign is attracting many noted figures that support our movement.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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