We help first-time, at risk and nonviolent young adult offenders to achieve a new and fresh start in life in the Tidewater Virginia area so they can become productive citizens; a transformational change that will alleviate recidivism
A FRESH START FREEDOM INITIATIVE (AFSFI) is meeting a longstanding need to reduce recidivism by providing first time, at risk and nonviolent young adult offenders opportunities to a quality and transformational life through educational programs including job training, employment, literacy, and much more. We are filling a significant gap by building stronger relationships among families and law enforcement in communities, reducing incarcerations and criminal behaviors in communities.
Studies have shown that inmate participation in education, vocational and job training, prison work skills development, drug abuse, mental health and other treatment programs, all reduce recidivism, significantly.
Employment is key to reducing recidivism.
Bob Casey, Jr.
What makes a lot of sense is that, while people are incarcerated, give them the tools they need to be able to have a productive, lucrative living when they leave so they can provide for their families and break that cycle of recidivism.
Once you have a felony conviction on your record, one of the most difficult things to do is to break the cycle of recidivism.
We can't just rail against crime. We must speak of the root problems - devastating family breakup, an insidious culture of violence that cheapens human life, skyrocketing prisoner recidivism rates that rob our communities of husbands and fathers - and recognize that there is a societal role in rehabilitation and restoration.