As many as 100 million Americans have criminal records –
that’s a lot of potential talent.
Each year, Washington state releases over 8,200 individuals from incarceration. 30-50% will be re-admitted within 3 years. Prison is a cycle, as these individuals face significant barriers to employment, housing, and reconnecting to their communities. Education and living wage employment are key to breaking the cycle. This website features stories from formerly incarcerated individuals, thriving companies and non-profit organizations that have successfully broken that cycle. We hope to make this information as accessible as possible to connect to further spread the success in reducing barriers to employment.
The King County Jail population is racially disproportionate. The Native American population in prisons and jails is growing increasingly disproportionate to their presence in the general population. Native Americans are incarcerated at a rate 38% higher than the national average rate of incarceration. In Seattle, Native Americans/Alaska Natives are seven times more likely to experience homelessness, more than any other racial group.