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http://kseniapphotography.ca/category/maternity/ When it comes to conversations surrounding Florida’s prison system, the topics being addressed come saturated with controversy. But I’m not writing to highlight problems, or talk policy.  I’m writing to applaud the Re-Entry Alliance Pensacola (REAP), a community organization taking a solutions-driven approach to tackling an issue that’s easier to understand, than it is to pronounce: recidivism.

cheapest pharmacy to buy propecia In simple terms, recidivism represents the percentage of offenders, who upon release, re-offend and return to incarceration.  The numbers say that roughly one in four ex-offenders will return to prison within three years of their release date, providing a revolving door process, funded by tax-payer dollars.  This is money that could be allocated to improving health care, advancing education, and upgrading infrastructure throughout the state.

REAP  is headed by a couple of vaunted area businessmen, both of whom are passionate about progressive change, and strongly committed to enhancing the quality of life in the community.

As a bank president, and a former Chief Executive, Rick Dye and Al Stubblefield bring an unprecedented level of leadership to an organization whose vision is to create a “paradigm shift” in the prison rehabilitation process.

REAP believes the antidote to recidivism is to properly inform, resource, and train individuals re-entering the community after years of incarceration.  The change process doesn’t begin on the individuals release date. The process begins on the inside of those razor-wired fences and concrete walls.  It’s by taking a proactive approach, to the task of providing knowledge and resources that will ultimately position an ex-offender with the greatest possible opportunity for a successful transition from prison life, back into society.

Florida has the third highest inmate population in the country, next only to California and Texas.  Crime and incarceration cost this state, tens of billions of dollars annually.  Individuals suffer.  Families suffer.  Entire communities suffer.  Change is the only remedy that can relieve this kind of suffering.

Chad Mattson, Inmate
Florida Department of Corrections