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“If you want to go quickly, go alone.  
If you want to go far, go together.”

~ African Proverb

REDUCING RECIDIVISM RATES

New Beginnings has been providing services to the Lancaster County Prison located in Lancaster Pennsylvania since 2014.  Our program success is contributed to our strong supports by the prison administrative team, community leaders, and our strong community partnerships.

 

The New Beginnings Program has shown to be effective by reducing recidivism rates in comparison to current statistics.

Our records to date with recidivism rates are as follows:

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Recidivism Rate

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Recidivism Rate

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90 days of release:

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180 days of release:

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1 year of release:

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Community support and buy-in make all the difference to an inmate’s success transition back to their respective community along with staying out of prison.  Research shows that one of the major contributing factors to one’s return back to prison is the lack of a support system.  While most of us would like to think we can go it alone, research shows that it’s impossible.  We are hardwired for connection which makes doing things alone more challenging. Our program is set up as a support system for inmates.  In fact, our support begins the moment they start our New Beginnings class upon successful release and beyond.   One of the tenets of our program is, ``Once a New Beginnings Student, Always a New Beginnings Student.``  Our foundational structure is built on the premise of community collaboration as you see evidenced below:

COMMUNITY COLLABORATION

In our efforts to aim in reducing recidivism rates, we embrace the African proverb,  “It takes a village,” meaning everyone plays a part in the success of a successful transition back to the community.  We invite individuals, agencies, organizations, and community members to take part in our program as a way to collectively collaborate in solving current challenges along with emerging problems that may result in one returning back to prison.  Our community partners consist of: