Our research found targeted inequities in arrests and sentencing in the criminal justice system. BIPOC communities represent less than 30% of the US population, however this group also represents 50%-70% of the private prison population.
This group also receives much longer sentences for misdemeanors and non-violent crimes, such as possession of less than $20 worth of cannabis. Even for a first time offense!
Upon release, crushing economic and social barriers are then placed upon this population. Housing is very difficult to find for this group and steady employment is almost non existent.
While there are numerous organizations on the front lines and there are many success stories, the fact remains, returning citizens are a disenfranchised population of 73+ million U.S. citizens to date.
It is our mission at PGI, to help create, promote and implement infrastructures of opportunity for this population. Not just for returning citizens but for their families as well. We believe in service delivery innovation that reaches down to the grassroots level of those in need.
A comprehensive economic pathway is necessary to meet the needs and open the doors of self sufficiency, for this enormous market. That is where we come in. PGI is part of a national consortium, dedicated to “right now” solutions, specific to the BIPOC population and the disadvantaged in general.
We are proud to do our part creating awareness and building a more effective method in delivery of social services such as child care and mental health.