The Why $106,131 Campaign
Why $106,131? $106,131 represents the cost to incarcerate one adult for one year in California.
Only 3% of this cost goes to “Rehabilitation Programs.” This low level of investment in education, supportive services, and vocational training is a contributing factor to high rates of recidivism, as nearly half of all CA state prisoners are re-incarcerated within three years of release.
We know this system isn’t working. But we also know that investing in care, support, and opportunities can break this cycle. We get to see it every day. Earlier this summer, a graduate of our Apprenticeship Preparation Program (APP) shared with me that he had just put a down payment on a home. He is a union electrician, a family man, and a mentor to current program participants. His homeownership comes less than three years after his release from 41 years of incarceration. It costs just $5,500 for Flintridge Center to support a student through the APP. So why $106,131?
We’re raising $106,131 to demonstrate the power of investing in opportunities instead of incarceration. At Flintridge, $106,131 can train 20 community members for transformative careers; it can prevent 85 youth from entering the justice system through the Youth of Promise Program; or provide case management for 100 adults returning home from incarceration.
Throughout this campaign, we’ll be sharing several ways to support and help us reach our goal:
- Donate to the campaign – anything you can give will be put to work right away!
- Create your own fundraiser and share with your community! Click here to get started.
- Attend our campaign event on Sunday, October 8th at Der Wolf in Pasadena. All tickets sold help us reach our $106,131 goal!
- Follow along as we break down the cost of incarceration throughout the campaign!