Prevention Zone Inc is to be a catalyst for prosperity through providing leadership training, professional development and the life strategies for recently released exonerees and youth bubbling with potential.
The vision of Prevention Zone Inc is to be an agent of change; destroying the school to prison pipeline…. daily.
Why the Programs are Needed
The Texas Juvenile Justice Department (TJJD) in 2017 saw 53,522 referrals. Law enforcement accounted for 71.8% of all referrals (38,413). Schools, probation departments, municipal courts and TJJD referred another 15,109 cases for delinquent conduct or conduct in need of supervision (CINS), totaling 53,522 referrals for calendar year 2017. This is a decrease of 1,652 (3.0%) referrals from calendar year 2016, with delinquent offenses decreasing 2.0%, violations of probation decreasing 5.1%, and CINS offenses decreasing 8.3%. This a small percent decrease in the referrals, which mean that a positive youth development program could be a tool to use.
There are over 2.7 million children and youth who have at least on incarcerated parent. That is 1 in 28 children. Approximately 10 million children have experienced parental incarceration at some point in their lives. Parental incarceration increases the risk of children living in poverty or experiencing household instability independent of these other problems.
According to Exonerated Nation, there is no established state program to help exonerees after their release from prison and they do not have access to the reentry programs available to individuals on parole. Exonerees face barriers to meeting their needs, securing safe housing, finding living wage employment and the lack of mental health treatment.
Positive Youth Development Program
Reinforcing our Commitment
Our goal is to reach as many youth as possible so that they can join other positive youth. We have partnered with youth.gov and other agencies to assist in implementing a Positive Youth Development Program.
Youth and Incarcerated Parent(s) Program
Supporting and Encouraging
Our goal is to address this issue by bringing awareness, identifying, strategies, change and promoting. We believe we can facilitate progress in the school, community and society. We will strive to make a difference, and invite you to learn more.
Exonerated Citizen Reentry Program
One Step at a Time
Our goal is to reach the exonerated citizens that were wrongfully convicted. We have a reentry program that will help them reintegrate back into society successfully. We provide referral resources such as: mental health, housing, employment, financial and transportation assistance.
Reinforcing our Commitment
With our Mentorship program , our goal is to promote great opportunities for those in continuing services after completing our program. With access to the right resources, people can become empowered by their own abilities and gain the confidence to fulfill their potential. Learn more about our work by getting in touch with our team today.
Criminal Justice Reform
"Correcting the errors in the criminal justice system"
Wrongful Conviction and Criminal Justice Reform: Making Justice, details the current issues of “innocence reform” and wrongful convictions, offering potential reforms that would enhance the criminal justice system and alleviate the problem of wrongful convictions.
Source: National Criminal Justice Reference Service
(NCJRS) Robert J. Norris
A major reduction has taken place in the number of teenagers committed to juvenile facilities in this century. At a time of increasing calls to cut the number of incarcerated adults by 50 percent over 10 years, the juvenile justice system has already attained this goal. Moreover, the decline has taken place without harming public safety.
Source: Sentencing Project
Joshua Rover (2015)
Having a parent in prison can have an impact on a child’s mental health, social behavior, and educational prospects. These children require support from local, state, and federal systems to serve their needs.
Our organization earned a 2020 Gold Seal of Transparency. By adding information about our goals, strategies, capabilities, and vision, we are highlighting the difference we help to make in the world. Check out our updated GuideStar #NonprofitProfile: https://www.guidestar.org/Profile/9781428. (Now part of @CandidDotOrg)