“Today, over 2 million American citizens are currently incarcerated and over 20 million with felony convictions. As the number of incarcerated individuals continues to rise, so do the children and families impacted by the effects. One of the greatest challenges citizens face post-incarceration is the ability to find sustainable, gainful employment to support themselves and their families. People must be able to secure their basic needs in order to have a fighting chance at financial independence and stability. There is nothing magic in our approach. Rise-N-Step is committed to reducing poverty directly through enhanced job opportunities. We work with our members prior to release on job skill training, personal development and accountability and in most cases pair them with employers prior to release. We know that opportunity plus commitment equals success and we are committed to success."
“As someone with vast experience in the criminal justice system as prosecutor, defense attorney, defendant and inmate, I can tell you the prison industrial complex survives on recidivism. Our criminal justice system including our reentry process is designed to support the prison industry. The more people incarcerated the more money. Why would any fair-minded judge jail someone for being poor? Why do federal judges continue to put black and brown people in prison for decades for non-violent drug offenses? Rise-N-Step’s goal is to reduce recidivism through education and effective reentry programs. Our government must invest in in-prison education and training and remove the stigma associated with prison. I am personally committed to fight for rehabilitation and full Integration not partial integration.”