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RAZING BARRIERS , RAISING BARS 

The Razing Bars Raising Bars program has been developed to help people who were formerly incarcerated and who are reentering society rebuild their lives for good.  This program brings together: 

  • Essential training for employment__
  • Courses in Social Skills  
  • Support groups 
  • Caseworkers 
  • Mentors 
  • The provision of Internet and technical services

to assist our clients to better integrate and successfully break the cycle of recidivism. 

Our clients are success stories; they are human beings who have changed themselves and rebuilt their lives despite tremendous challenges and often prejudice. The majority of our clients do turn over their lives, find gainful employment, and give back to their communities. They succeed where others could not. We are there to support them. The inclusion and reintegration of all human beings is essential to building more inclusive compassionate communities and better societies.

Our mission is simple: 0% recidivism, 100% acceptance.  

  We will reach the time when there will no prisons only preventive education to prevent people from going astray from the right way” - Lubavitcher Rebbe

This program is a collaborative effort of both state based and national Jewish agencies namely the Hinda and Aleph Institutes, and local agencies who are working together to resolve the challenges of reintegration through providing training, resources, and support.  

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This program is sponsored by the Walder Foundation in memory of Daniel Azari. May his memory inspire all of us.

 

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Understanding the Issue 

Human beings reentering the job market and society and who want to rebuild their lives for good have multiple challenges.

      It is difficult for someone with a criminal record to find employment. Employers are unwilling to hire an individual convicted of a serious criminal offense (Holzer, Raphael and Stoll 2004). 

      Individuals with a record are barred from a variety of occupations and professional licenses (Love, Roberts Klingele 2013); some of which are in their former areas of expertise. 

      People who have been incarcerated often lack basic technical skills in computers and software because they have had little access to technology while in prison. Most critically, they don't know how to navigate the internet to find a job or do not have computers.

      They have no recent work experience. 

      The transition from a correctional institute to society is stressful. 

      People with criminal records face continual prejudice and ostracism within their communities. For example, many social service agencies will not service people with a criminal record.

 While Americans want to reduce recidivism, we need to provide people with opportunity.   

 

STOP the Vicious Cycle of Re-entry

How can you Help? 

Volunteer to tutor or mentor in our program. 

Be an employer of choice. We select the best people for you and stand behind them. 

Studies show:

People with an offense on record often have a greater commitment to working harder and are more loyal to their employers. 

Studies show that the majority of those with records do not go back. They have almost the same rate of offending as the rest of the population.