The U.S. has 5% of the world’s population but holds almost 25% of the world’s prisoners. The racial makeup in our prisons is also disproportionate. Black people represent 12% of the U.S. adult population, but 33% of the prison population, while white individuals make up 64% of the adult population and 30% of prisoners.
Ex-offenders face various barriers as they try to re-enter society after serving their sentence. Former offenders often find it challenging to find employment or housing with their records. Because of these obstacles to reintegrating into society, they are more likely to commit additional offenses and end up in the criminal justice system.
To help bridge the gaps in services for ex-offenders, FICCS created the Comprehensive Re-Entry Special Taskforce(CREST),a comprehensive reentry program for individuals released from incarceration. The program’s services include mental health and substance use counseling, literacy enhancement, computer training, life skills classes, and housing referrals.
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