We are require to foster steps of HOPE! Extraordinary individuals use their vitality to make a difference for mankind” ~Frank Taylor~
I am pleased to announce Hope City Center has expanded its mission to include Central Mississippi
We’ve been working on this project and we are please to finally share this great news! This will be a 2 year pilots project working with local entities such as: Choctaw County Extension, Winston County Self-help, We Care, World Outreach Christian International Ministries, other private/non profits organizations and ministries.
Between 1983 and 2013, Mississippi’s prison population grew by 300 percent to more than 22,400 inmates. Data show that in 2012—the latest year for which guresare available—Mississippi had the second-highest imprisonment rate in the country. Without a change in policy, the state projected that the incarcerated population would grow by 1,951 inmates at a cost of $266 million over 10 years.
Mississippi’s prison population was projected to grow by another 1,951 inmates over 10 years, reaching nearly 24,500 inmates by 2024 State officials estimated that such an increase would cost taxpayers an additional $266 million, including the expense of reopening a previously closed facility.
Large number of nonviolent offenders in prison. State data revealed that nonviolent o enders were a significant cant factor in Mississippi’s corrections growth, accounting for more than two-thirds of the increase in prison admissions between 2002 and 2012. Analysis of all o enders entering Mississippi prisons in fiscal 2012 found that nearly three out of four were sentenced for a nonviolent crime.
These nonviolent offenders also were remaining in prison longer: Nonviolent offenders released in fiscal 2012, excluding those returned to prison after a revocation of supervision, stayed behind bars an average of 10.5 percent longer than similar inmates released 10 years earlier. The task force found that increases in both admissions and length of stay for such offenders meant that nearly half of all state prisoners were incarcerated for a nonviolent crime. “Longer sentencing require more resources”.
Hope City Center’s direct services including but not limited to:
• Pre and post-release services
• Reintegration resources
• Peer-to-peer Mentorship
• Relationship and abuse counseling workshops and referrals
• Mental health counseling referrals
• Entrepreneurship development
• GAP Certification
• Employment and refereferrals
• Housing oppopportunities
The purpose of a mentor is to be a positive influence by establishing a relationship, assisting with rebuilding their new lives and holding them accountable for their actions