Our mission is to be a voice for those entangled in an unjust judicial system fighting to reintegrate into society.
WHAT ERP DOES
The documented impacts of incarceration and the challenges of reintegration into social and family environments have largely been ignored. ERP will ignite the change we wish to see.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM CHECKS & BALANCES
ERP will empower individuals to standup for their constitutional rights in pursuit of fair and equitable treatment in the criminal justice system.
As a person of color, resident of a specific community or acquaintance of the two, you are presumed guilty from the onset by the judicial system. You bear the responsibly of proving otherwise, in-spite of constitutional rights that should uphold your innocence until proven otherwise.
Egregious acts of constitutional violations, legal system failures and systematic biases have become shockingly common occurrences resulting in individuals being unjustly entrapped the criminal justice system.
ERP advocates for ex-offenders to have equitable access to living wage job opportunities and create a safe space to seek and receive health and wellness support.
More than 50% of ex offenders that do not secure living wage or sustainable employment will reoffend within 3 years. The financial impact of recidivism is particularly crippling in black communities at a disproportionate rate, according to the 2005 Bureau of Justice Statistics studies. Nationally prisons and jails account for nearly $200 billion spent annually on public safety. The average cost of each instance of recidivism in Illinois alone is approximately $118,746. The impact of foregone economic activity of $20,432 per occurrence. To change this course every dollar invested in recidivism programs would reduce spending on post-release incarceration by $4 to $5.
By definition, the term “ex” means free of charges precedent. Ex-offenders are people that are free yet forced to serve an infinite term of lack and loss. We're working to restore humanity in the eyes of society and the eyes of the ex-offender. ERP's goal is to work with people for180 days starting before they are released from correctional institutions to help build their mental and emotional stamina in preparation for re-entry to life beyond prison.