"We are all part of the human family and we should be about doing what all good families do - caring for our less fortunate brothers and sisters."
Project Captive Audience has a mission to help and inspire inmates to make their time serve them rather than just serving their time. In doing this, Project Captive Audience intends to train others to educate and support inmates to become better husbands, better fathers, and better Human Beings which will help improve society by strengthening families and marriage which invests in our future generations, our children. Otherwise, as many as 7 out of 10 children with fathers in prison will end up in prison themselves. If we can influence those in prison now, change their thought process from negative to opportunity, we have a chance to help them become more productive citizens upon their release.
The inmate population in the State of Florida has tripled since 1987. Statistics show that approximately one third of all released inmates will return to prison within three (3) years of their release. Studies show that [inmates] participation in transitional programs greatly increases their success after release from prison.
The Florida Prison Recidivism Study found that inmates who completed programs while incarcerated were less likely to commit a crime once released. In the State of Florida, 88% of inmates eventually get released from prison. Just under half of those incarcerated (48.6%) will serve less than two (2) years in prison.
Studies also confirm that there is a link between program completion with inmates and increased public safety and decreased expense. It costs taxpayers in Florida $20,000.00 per year per inmate. If there is even a 1% drop in the recidivism rate, that is approximately 400 fewer inmates being incarcerated at a cost of $20,000.00 each. That doesn't even take into consideration the residual and exponential costs for every person who is incarcerated. Even a relatively small decrease in the recidivism rate that persists over multiple years can result in millions of taxpayers dollars to be used for other priorities.
Project Captive Audience accepts program materials as well as monetary donations to purchase programs and train volunteers.
"The family is the corner stone of our society. More than any other force it shapes the attitude, the hopes, the ambitions, and the values of the child. And when the family collapses it is the children that are usually damaged. When it happens on a massive scale the community itself is crippled. So, unless we work to strengthen the family, to create conditions under which most parents will stay together, all the rest — schools, playgrounds, and public assistance, and private concern — will never be enough."
"Children are the seed for peace or violence in the future, depending on how they are cared for and stimulated. Thus, their family and community environment must be sown to grow a fairer and more fraternal world, a world to serve life and hope."
"We can still alter our course. It is NOT too late. We still have options. We need the courage to change our values to the regeneration of our families, the life that surrounds us. "
"We teach academic subjects and we assume life skills will somehow be acquired along the way. Not a safe assumption! The curriculum has to include things like communication, conflict resolution, parenting, family dynamics, critical thinking, values, ethics."