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Published:June 25th, 2008 11:25 EST
Prision Reform / Reduce Recidivism

Prision Reform / Reduce Recidivism

By Glenn Brandon Burke (Mentor/Speaker)

Hey, Glenn Brandon Burke, What do you Have to Say?
(Weekly Column)
 
Glenn Brandon Burke, M.A.Ed, is a
Motivational Speaker * Author * Columnist * Educator * CEO
Every Thursday Read Glenn`s Advice Column Online at www.TheSOP.org
To Learn More About Mr. Burke, go to www.GlennBrandonBurke.com
 
Send Questions to: gbb@TheSOP.org
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This week I`m going to discus prison reform. More specifically, the Motivational and Inspirational Company of Evans/Burke©. I will introduce who they are and show why their programs to reduce recidivism are so popular and badly needed in the United States.
 

1.  Specifically designed to support and assist Inmate Facilitators in their efforts to reduce the rate of inmate recidivism throughout North America. 
 
2.  Recidivism is at an all-time high! Why do an alarming number of ex-convicts return to jail and prison when countless existing reentry programs claim success in reducing recidivism?  Frankly, reentry programs are actually doing a fine job if 25% of inmates who complete the program never return to prison.  Nevertheless, at Evans/Burke© we believe the number of returning inmates can be drastically reduced through the Inmates Helping Inmates program. The key, however, is to begin introducing reentry at the time of incarceration, within the prison facility and should continue after release.
 
3.  Each year 650,000 inmates are released from state and federal prisons and arrive on the doorsteps of unsuspecting communities nationwide. A far greater number reenter society after having been released from local jails; and, for many offenders/defendants, this cycle may occur multiple times in a year. 
 
4. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), within three-years more than 50% of those released from incarceration will be in some form of legal trouble.  President George W. Bush, in his 2004 State of the Union speech, proposed "a four-year, $300 million prisoner reentry initiative to expand job training and placement services, to provide transitional housing and to help newly released inmates receive mentoring."
 
5. Evans/Burke© designed the Inmates Helping Inmates© program to specifically and intensively train and certify Inmate Facilitators who will help other inmates reach their full potential during incarceration and assist the inmates following their release into society.  Inmates Helping Inmates© is a nationwide movement to reduce recidivism. 
 
Now that you now know what the Evans/Burke© company does and their purpose of the Inmates Helping Inmates© program, let`s meet the founders, Troy Douglas Evans and Glenn Brandon Burke, M.A. Ed.  Let`s learn why they are experts in the field of reducing recidivism, and why these two forces are perfect for forming this company.
 

Troy Evans: Former Bank Robber

On November 12, 1992, Troy Evans was sentenced to 13 years in Federal Prison. He was convicted of five armed bank robberies, in three states, over a six-month crime spree, and was sent to the Federal Correctional Complex in Florence, Colorado. His neighbors included such notorious criminals as Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. Troy was released on December 13, 1999, over seven and one-half years later.

Despite the obstacles that only prison can produce, Troy was determined that his time behind bars would not be wasted time. Education would be his saving grace. After six months of filling out applications, writing essays, begging, pleading, and selling, Troy landed his first scholarship for one class. That was a beginning, and when Troy walked out the doors of prison he carried with him two degrees, both obtained with a 4.0 GPA and designation on the Dean`s and President`s list.

Troy is now a motivational speaker who shares his story and lessons learned with audiences of all ages. Since his release, Evans has taken the Corporate, Association and Education platforms by storm with his motivational keynote speeches. Audiences are stunned by his endurance, accomplishments and remarkable personal transformation. With straightforward, real life examples, Evans shows how the keys to his success in prison are the keys to his success today, and how these lessons can be applied to escaping the "prisons within ourselves". He renews an appreciation for what is really important in all of our lives and motivates each and every person to overcome adversity, adapt to change, and to realize their full potential.

Glenn Brandon Burke M.A.Ed.

The Power of Choice!

Glenn Brandon Burke, M.A.Ed., shouldn`t be where he is today! Statistically speaking, Glenn should either be dead or in prison. Glenn made the choice to not be a victim of his circumstances. Instead, he overcame the adversity in his life and chose to succeed in the U.S. Military, College, Life and Career!

Glenn attended high school for only three reasons. 1. Girls. 2. Sports. 3. To Sell Drugs. He was "asked" (euphemism for expelled) to leave school during his senior year along with his 1.2 GPA. Once completely out of high school, he felt the easiest way to make money in the "real" world was to continue selling drugs. He continued this unlawful life style for the next several years.

Glenn received a phone call one day informing him one of his "colleagues" was shot to death about midnight the previous night in his home. What no one knew other than Glenn was that he was at his "colleague`s" house that fateful night until about 11:45 P.M. This is when Glenn realized he had been doing the wrong thing, and could`ve been dead or ended up in prison, and made the choice to change his life for the better!

At the age of 23, feeling he had nowhere else to go, Glenn joined the U.S. Military for a five-year enlistment. Nearing the end of his enlistment, and through the encouragement of his commanding officer (who saw "something" in him), he decided to go to pursue Self Improvement and registered for college once his contract ended with the military.

At the age of 28, Glenn walked on to his first college campus and attended his first college class. He completed his undergraduate degree in Communications in 36 months leaving the door of opportunity open to become a Motivational speaker. All while going through a marriage, a divorce, his father`s death, and working full time.

Glenn now takes his incredible life story as a Motivational Speaker and intertwines positive, motivational and inspirational messages to succeed with your education, life and career (business).

Now that we have a firm grasp of who and what Evans/Burke© is all about, let`s examine why they exist by looking statistics from the Bureau of Justice.

Bureau of Justice:
Statistics as of January 2008
Prevalence of Imprisonment in the United States

  • As of December 31, 2001, there were an estimated 5.6 million adults who had ever served time in State or Federal prison, including 4.3 million former prisoners and 1.3 million adults in prison.
  • Nearly a third of former prisoners were still under correctional supervision, including 731,000 on parole, 437,000 on probation, and 166,000 in local jails.
  • In 2001, an estimated 2.7% of adults in the U.S. had served time in prison, up from 1.8% in 1991 and 1.3% in 1974.
    • The prevalence of imprisonment in 2001 was higher for
      -- black males (16.6%) and Hispanic males (7.7%) than for white males (2.6%)
      -- black females (1.7%) and Hispanic females (0.7%) than white females (0.3%)
  • Nearly two-thirds of the 3.8 million increase in the number of adults ever incarcerated between 1974 and 2001 occurred as a result of an increase in first incarceration rates; one-third occurred as a result of an increase in the number of residents age 18 and older.

Lifetime likelihood of going to State or Federal prison

  • If recent incarceration rates remain unchanged, an estimated 1 of every 15 persons (6.6%) will serve time in a prison during their lifetime.
  • Lifetime chances of a person going to prison are higher for

    -- men (11.3%) than for women (1.8%)
    -- blacks (18.6%) and Hispanics (10%) than for whites (3.4%)

  • Based on current rates of first incarceration, an estimated 32% of black males will enter State or Federal prison during their lifetime, compared to 17% of Hispanic males and 5.9% of white males.

Recidivism

  • Of the 272,111 persons released from prisons in 15 States in 1994, an estimated 67.5% were rearrested for a felony or serious misdemeanor within 3 years, 46.9% were reconvicted, and 25.4% resentenced to prison for a new crime.
  • The 272,111 offenders discharged in 1994 accounted for nearly 4,877,000 arrest charges over their recorded careers.
  • Within 3 years of release, 2.5% of released rapists were rearrested for another rape, and 1.2% of those who had served time for homicide were arrested for a new homicide.
  • Sex offenders were less likely than non-sex offenders to be rearrested for any offense " " 43 percent of sex offenders versus 68 percent of non-sex offenders.
  • Sex offenders were about four times more likely than non-sex offenders to be arrested for another sex crime after their discharge from prison " " 5.3 percent of sex offenders versus 1.3 percent of non-sex offenders.
 
Programs Offered by Evans/Burke©:
 
        1. Inmates Helping Inmates Program (IHI): (Contact Evans/Burke for specifics of program.)

Is a three-day intensive program designed to train Inmate Facilitators to work with other inmates so they may maximize their time while serving time, and be prepared for a smooth and productive transition back into society to reduce recidivism. *As a SPECIAL BONUS we will have a section on seeking financial aid for continuing education while incarcerated*

2. How Do I Prepare For Reentry Program: (Contact Evans/Burke for specifics of program.)

Is a one-day intensive workshop -- a mini camp of the IHI three-day program.
*Also includes the SPECIAL BONUS on financial aid

3. Glenn Brandon Burke, M.A.Ed, Keynote:

(Contact Mr. Burke for specifics on his keynote - www.ReduceRecidivism.com)

        4. Troy Douglas Evans, Keynote:

(Contact Mr. Evans for specifics on his keynote-- www.TroyEvans.com)

By Glenn Brandon Burke, M.A.Ed (Cofounder of Evans/Burke© and Weekly Columnist for The SOP.)