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Why Use Us!

Lewis Burnett Employment Finders is a non-profit organization that helps ex-felons and other citizens of our community find gainful local employment. Here at Lewis-Burnett Employment Finders you will find that we are giving back to our comunity. 

Many view ex-felons/ex-offenders as a liability. They simply do not have any bottom line motivation to hire ex-felon/ex offender and in many instances the employers insurance provider will simply prohibit the hiring of those convicted of crimes. Federal laws bar ex-offenders from jobs at airports and prohibit drug offenders from receiving student loans and grants that could help them become more employable. In the private sector, landlords don't want to rent to them. Unions don't want them to join, cutting them off from better-paying skilled trade jobs. The stigma is debilitating. Current laws design to be tough on crime makes it difficult for ex-offenders to work in a variety of fields, including childcare, education, nursing and home heath care. Rules may also limit an ex-con's ability to get a license to practice such things as barbering, cosmetology and real estate. Ex-offenders have difficulty getting public housing and other public assistance such as food stamps.

Ex-offenders need employment opportunities to help support their families and to become contributing members of the community. Two-thirds of them will be arrested again within three years of their release. What to do is to reduce the rate of recidivism. a way to do that is to make it easier for ex-inmates to readjust to life in the outside world by having them gainfully employed. The cost is huge, but the payback would be greater -- some $3.6 million in tax payers savings for every 100 ex-offenders who avoid rearrest or living on welfare.

Financial Cost: Between the years 1982 and 1999, the amount spent on criminal justice climbed 218% for municipalities, 310% for counties, 369% for states, and 410% for the federal government. The national average cost to house a prisoner varies by state between $40 and $60 per day. With an average cost per day of incarceration of $50 and approximately 2,166 million incarcerated, the cost to our society is approximately $40 billion per year.

It is one thing for society to pay for the cost of the first incarceration but another to pay for the cycle of re-incarcerations and the ripple effect caused by the associated crime. Reducing recidivism means reducing crime and the cost to society of those crimes. Recidivism accounts for as much as 50% of the annual $40 billion for housing as well as 50% of the crimes and other associated costs. 

The national recidivism re-arrest rate is 67.5% and the incarceration rate is 51.6%. But those statistics are based on the first 3 years of release and we know not every crime is reported and thus the crime rate is higher. The impact of reducing recidivism is staggering. If, as a community, we can reduce recidivism by as little as 1% then we may reduce the $40 billion per year cost by ½% or $200,000,000 annually. However, if we move restorative justice into the mainstream of our society, and reduce recidivism to 40% that may reduce the $40 billion per year cost by 5% or $1,000,000,000 annually. It is critical not to forget the less tangible costs (suffering, counseling, social service, property loss, insurance, judicial system, etc) of crime and that multiple crimes are committed before re-arrest.

We are here to support those ex felon/ex-offender sing redemption's' song by working and educating employers making sure they don't simply turn a blind eye towards ex-felons. A successful employment strategy is paramount in the success of the parolee as well as the community they live in.

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