Over thirty years ago two people recognized that individuals leaving prison faced a stigma that made finding employment difficult. Yet they desperately needed jobs if they were going to turn their lives around and support their families. And so the Safer Foundation was founded.
Today America leads the world with its incarceration rate and 98% of individuals with a record return home and face more complex challenges to getting and keeping a job.
What has never changed is the Safer Foundation's purpose in terms of who we serve, individuals with a criminal record, and what we offer, productive employment. We have known all along that if you want safer communities you need organizations like the Safer Foundation.
It is gratifying that reentry is now recognized as an important issue that has captured our nation's attention and support. And the Safer Foundation is among the leading community organizations in the reentry discussions now occurring at national, state and local levels.
If America is to succeed in addressing this complex and expensive issue, it must be a cooperative effort. And that includes you and every other concerned citizen and taxpayer.