About Reentry 101
The cost of incarceration for the state of Florida is on a pace of unsustainable growth. Part of this cost is driven by the high rate of recidivism for people released from prison, as well as the high rates of failure for people cycling through county jails and/or on probation.
The Florida Department of Corrections operates the third largest state prison system in the United States. It is the largest agency administered by the State of Florida, with a budget of $2.4 billion, a little over 100,000 inmates incarcerated and another 115,000+ offenders on some type of community supervision.
At this point in time, many of the people released from incarceration fail to succeed in the community and return to prison or jail. Reentry101.com is a non-profit organization that uses technology to connect people reentering society to the resources they need to succeed. We are a free resource not only for inmates being released from incarceration, but also for their friends and family members, as well as case managers, parole and probation officers, detention centers, and nonprofit agencies that work with this population.
Our IT Director Steve Mursuli has extensive experience in this field and has already help set up a similar program in Colorado. Having been incarcerated in the Colorado Prison system, he has first-hand experience in the obstacles faced by inmates returning to society.
The program in Colorado has been very successful and well received not only by individuals but also by institutions. The program is used by Parole and Probation Officers, Community Corrections Case Managers, Reentry Teachers in the state prison system, Homeless Shelters, Substance Abuse Counselors etc.. Steve has spoken to reentry groups in many state prisons and was very encouraged by the positive and grateful response from the inmates and their reentry teachers.
Our hope is to expand reentry101.com to become a national information source for all those trying to reenter society.