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The Statistics

THE SCOPE OF THE PRISON PROBLEM

There is a link between poverty, crime, and incarceration. They feed into each other. It’s estimated that up to 20% of the nation’s poverty is caused by its mass incarceration system and the laws and stigma that follows ex-offenders when they try to get jobs. (2014 National Academy of Sciences report at the request of U.S. Department of Justice).

Prisoners in Ohio

$

Annual Cost Per

$

Annual Cost Total

Approximately 50,000 individuals are housed in the Ohio prison system.

– Hamilton County Office of Reentry

The average cost per offender each year in Ohio is $24,784

– Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation & Correction 2014 Annual Report

The Grand Total? $1,239,200,000 per year (not including county jails).

– Ohio Dept. of Rehabilitation & Correction 2014 Annual Report

ON AVERAGE, 29,000 RETURN FROM PRISON INTO OHIO EACH YEAR.

2,100 RETURNED TO HAMILTON COUNTY IN 2014 LOOKING FOR A SECOND CHANCE.

-Hamilton County Office of Reentry

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Age 24 or younger

Almost one third (31.3%) of Hamilton County individuals are 24 years old or younger at the time of commitment.

– 2011 Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Population Summary report

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to be released

At least 95% of state prisoners will be released back to their communities.

– National Reentry Resource Center

%

Available workforce with a record

1 in 6 Ohioans – that’s over 16% of our available workforce – has a criminal record.

– Ohio Justice and Policy Center

Many companies still will not hire someone with a felony conviction.

WHAT DO YOU THINK WILL HAPPEN?

BREAKING LINKS. CHANGING LIVES.

In Ohio, the cycle of poverty is particularly acute. According to 2007 U.S. Census data, Cincinnati is the tenth poorest city in the country with a poverty rate of 23.5%, compared to a national (and Ohio-wide) poverty rate of 12.5%. That means that approximately one in four Cincinnatians falls below the poverty line, and our city’s poverty rate is almost twice the national average.

One way to break the cycle is by sweeping away barriers to self-sufficiency for someone returning from prison. These are the primary issues faced by Returning Citizens. (Download the pdf: Snapshots of Incarcerations in Ohio.)
• education
• employment
• housing
• mental illness
• substance abuse

All five are being addressed by a number of hard-working social service organizations in Cincinnati. But one barrier remains: employment. The Beacon of Hope Business Alliance is working hard to sweep this last barrier away through greater awareness, processes and best practices, and a network of support for companies that can make a difference by offering jobs and second chances to change lives through self-sufficiency. We are on the verge of dramatic transformation in this community that will inspire a nation. Join us. Download the pdf: Snapshots of Incarcerations in Ohio

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Beacon of Hope Business Alliance c/o Nehemiah Manufacturing 1130 Findlay Street Cincinnati, OH  45214

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Kristen Meyer 
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Katie Schad 
(513) 813.2730
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