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OUR MISSION

Transforming Lives. Unlocking Potential. 
We know firsthand the uphill walk an individual faces upon release from incarceration and we believe the bridge to success is paved with literacy and self-development. 
AccomplishED provides incarcerated individuals with the tools they need to be successful in the real world; job skills, resume building, self-mastery, financial literacy and so on. When a man gets out of prison and stays out, that’s a win.  When his children do not go to prison and continue an intergenerational cycle of incarceration, that is transformative.  

It’s clear that taxpayers pay far too much to incarcerate inmates in the United States. Corrections expenditures have nearly quadrupled over the past two decades. In 2012, incarceration cost taxpayers $39 billion, $5.4 billion more than the $33.5 billion reflected in corrections budgets alone.

Returned citizens frequently find themselves stuck in a cycle of incarceration, rearrest, and return to prison. A National Institute of Justice study found that within three years of release two-thirds (67.8%) of released prisoners were rearrested. These statistics demonstrate the vast need for rehabilitative programs that are specifically focused on personal and career development, beginning in the prison system–prior to release–and that continue to offer support post-release.

Providing inmates with an education drastically reduces the likelihood that they will reoffend and return to prison. When inmates receive vocational training, the recidivism rate drops to approximately 30%. With an associate’s degree, recidivism drops to 13.7%, and with a bachelor’s degree, it drops to 5.6%. Once an inmate receives a master’s degree, the recidivism rate is so low that it’s effectively 0%. It’s simple – if returned citizens can live a meaningful, productive lives after serving their sentences, they will not reoffend.

Data shows that investing in inmate education pays off. A recent study from Lois Davis of the RAND Corporation found that for every dollar spent on inmate education programs, between four and five dollars are saved on reincarceration costs. Within the next five to ten years, we hope to reach 1,000,000 incarcerated individuals, providing them with access to education and opportunities for a better life after they’ve served their time.