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Mission and Vision
It is the mission of The Cleveland Eastside Ex-Offender Coalition to utilize technology and evidence-based practices and programs to successfully reconnect disconnected incarcerated parents back with their families; especially their minor children, community and God to empower them for self-regulation and increase personal engagement that improve behaviors, increase outcomes and enhance their overall quality of life socially, emotionally, financially, spiritually and physically. Our vision is to see all incarcerated individuals successfully recover from lifelong intergenerational trauma, mental illness and substance use, misuse and/or abuse.  When this is realized, offenders will  lead law abiding, productive lives in their communities where we all live, work and raise families.  Therefore, we consider our most valuable asset to be the board of directors; the staff, the families, the children and even the offenders because when they are successful the public is safer and that’s the goal of every Ohio stakeholder.

 

The Problem
According to the US. Department of Health and Human Services, at least two and a half million children under the age of 18 have at least one parent incarcerated in a state or federal prison with whom they have little or no contact. Incarcerated parents have increased more than In Ohio, at least 75,000 children have a parent in prison and have been placed in the care of a grandparent or other relative to act as parents until the family can be reunified.  According to research, these children experience more adverse situations that make them seven times more likely to go to jail than other children because of the trauma that results from the separation from their parents and abuse as a result of that separation.  When this happens; the children become angry, distrusting of authority figures, engage in risky sexual behaviors, join gangs, live in surrogate families and can and do often become delinquent, anti-social, drug dependent or criminally-oriented .  Nationally, more than two and one quarter million adults are spiralling through prisons and jails every year and the incarceration rate for African-Americans is exponentially higher at 13% of the population but 40% of prisoners while Hispanics comprise 16% of the US population and 19% of persons in prison.  Conversely, whites make up 64% of the national population but only 39% of prisoners.  In Ohio, however, Blacks and whites alike are more closely serving time at 44.72% and 52.64% respectively in the state’s 2015 total admissions of 50,160.  For the hidden costs of incarceration in Ohio, please visit our new and expanded page.