It is the mission of The Cleveland Eastside Ex-Offender Coalition to utilize evidence-based practices and programs that reduce trauma to prisoners’ children; deliver culturally sensitive treatment for caregivers and successfully reconnect disconnected incarcerated parents back with their families, community and God to increase outcomes and enhance their overall quality of life socially, emotionally, financially, spiritually and physically. We envision a community of global health and wellness for every child, adult and senior citizen to thrive where they live, work, worship and raise families to successfully recover from lifelong inter-generational crime, trauma, mental illness and substance abuse. To realize this vision, we consider our most valuable asset to be the children, families and even the offenders because when they are successful the public is safer and that’s the goal of every Ohio stakeholder.
Currently, there are at least two and a half million children under the age of 18 who have at least one parent incarcerated in a state or federal prison with whom they have little or no contact. Incarcerated fathers have increased more than 50%In Ohio, while mothers in prison have increased by 200% as a result of the Opioid crisis. In our state, 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 2017 total admissions of 18,626 with a total prison population of 49,250 as of May 2018. For the hidden costs of incarceration in Ohio, please visit our new and expanded page.