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Partners For Change

The Criminal Justice System is Broken.
RED is here to fix it, with your help.

$80 Billion

Prison costs taxpayers $80 billion a year.

83% vs 10%

The rate of recidivism in U.S. is 86%. RED’s is 10%.

$31k vs $5k

The average cost of incarcerating someone in the U.S. is $31k  per year. RED is $5k per participant.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a RED Partner. Your investment into our proven program will impact lives and enhance community experiences for everyone. With your help, RED will be able to continue our mission of ending recidivism – permanently. We promise not to rest until there is justice for all. Learn more about our Partner Program below and feel free to contact us with any quesitons.

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VISION

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MISSION

RED is dedicated to keeping people out of the criminal justice system — permanently — through programs that enhance the social, civic, and financial literacy of individuals referred to court.

WHO WE ARE

RED is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and restorative justice organization headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. RED was established in 2015 by defense attorney and reformed criminal street gang member, David Lee Windecher. RED consists of a 12-member Board of Directors and an 8-member Board of Advisors. RED is a group of progressive thinkers and compassionate individuals dedicated to reversing the pervasive and disproportionate effects the United State’s criminal justice system has had on Black and Latin American citizens.

RED is actively contributing to the criminal justice reform movement by nurturing the leadership potential in the individuals that cross the court’s path while simultaneously holding the legal community accountable for adverse conduct against these persons. RED was founded on the belief that reducing crime and recidivism could be done in a manner that could simultaneously reduce costs and enhance community experiences for each of those persons impacted by our criminal justice system – individuals charged with a criminal offense, victims of crimes, and taxpayers funding the process.

RED’S HISTORY

While working to achieve his dream of becoming a lawyer, RED Founder David Lee Windecher had several realizations that fueled his vision for RED. Even as he was forced to defend his character in the face of his own criminal history, David recognized that the color of his skin contributed to his ability to acclimate back into society. He personally witnessed the racial thrusts of the American criminal justice system that prevented Black and Latin Americans within the same system from achieving the redemptive opportunities he himself was privy to. His observations brought with them a strong sense of injustice and a deep desire for change. David published an autobiography – The AmerIcan Dream | HisStory in the Making – and donated all of the proceeds to fund RED’s inception and operations.

Since our inception in 2015, RED has been positively impacting the metropolitan Atlanta community. To date, RED has helped rehabilitate and reintegrate over 100 individuals out of our criminal justice system. We have experienced considerable growth in 6 short years and expect our growth curve to continue to climb due to the statewide interest in our restorative justice curriculum. We are currently able to provide a year of programming to a cohort of 25 participants at one time. This includes all educational resources, administrative expenses, and record restriction procedures. We are able to do this through strong leadership, utilizing committed volunteer efforts, and most importantly, partnering with other socially responsible organizations.

Starting in 2018, RED partnered with the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and the Atlanta Falcons as part of their social justice initiatives. RED is also partnered with Google, the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office, the NFL Alumni Association, and JobRise.

The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation provides financial support to cover a portion of RED’s operating costs. Google provides RED with monthly advertising credits used toward online marketing and campaign development aimed at generating awareness for anti-recidivism measures.2 The DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office, through their restorative justice program – Stopping Trends of Repeat Incarceration through Diversion and Education (STRIDE) – provides RED with access to the individuals charged with a criminal offense. These individuals form the cohorts which RED serves. The NFL Alumni Association provides RED with access to a pool of current and former professional athletes that serve as mentors for program participants. JobRise is a staffing agency for justice-involved individuals that provides RED graduates with access to gainful employment opportunities.

Our partners have afforded us the ability to substantially expand our network while simultaneously generating awareness on the effects of high recidivism rates in our communities. This allows us to focus the remainder of our fundraising efforts on enhancing our programming capacity and outcomes for our program participants.

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THE PROBLEM

Mass incarceration has become an epidemic in America. The United States makes up less than 5% of the world’s population yet houses 20% of the world’s prisoners.3 The United States owns the highest incarceration rate in the world with 698 out of every 100,000 individuals incarcerated.4 Georgia ranks first among all states with a correctional control rate of 5143 per 100,000 individuals. Out of 10.8 million Georgians, 4.2 million have a criminal record.5 527,000 Georgians are incarcerated in various state prisons, local jails, federal prisons, youth detention centers, or on probation supervision.6 The Georgia Department of Corrections reports that 30% of adults and 65% of juveniles are reconvicted within three years of their release from a detention center.7 The Georgia Department of Corrections reported a 2021 budget of $1.2 billion of which $166 million was allocated to the Department of Community Supervision.8 Georgia has more individuals on probation than any other state. Individuals in Georgia spend three times as long on probation than individuals in the rest of the country.9 Technical violations account for 25% of all prison admissions in Georgia.10 These statistics are the direct result of a failing criminal justice system that continues to implement draconian prosecutorial methods when adjudicating misdemeanor and felony arrests that are directly related to poverty, substance abuse and or mental health.

The University of Georgia’s Carl Vinson Institute of Government conducted a study on traditional adjudication methods and found that individuals prosecuted in the state of Georgia cost taxpayers over $20,000 per individual in post-sentencing costs!11 This figure does not reflect the taxpayer costs associated with conducting arrests or prosecuting individuals. Not only is traditional adjudication an ineffective use of taxpayer funds, it indefinitely perpetuates adverse results made evident by Georgia’s historically high recidivism rates.

Traditional adjudication creates a cycle of crime. Once a person is convicted, obtaining gainful employment becomes extremely difficult, and in some circumstances impossible. A conviction blocks access to federal student aid and housing resources which prevents individuals from pursuing higher education and often results in homelessness, or worse. The psychological effects of this type of alienation leads to desperation and hopelessness which forms the underlying cause for criminality.

In Georgia, starting in 2011, alternatives for traditional adjudication have been implemented on a limited basis and the results therefrom thoroughly studied. These alternatives are known as Accountability Courts. In 2017, the Council of Accountability Court Judges and the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council partnered with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government to conduct an economic impact analysis of the 1,729 Georgia Accountability Court program graduates.

The study found that each graduate produced $22,129 in economic benefits to the state. That is a total of $38.2 million. In addition to the economic benefits, spending for Accountability Court participants saved taxpayers almost $5,000 per individual. Traditional adjudication costs taxpayers $20,230 per individual. Accountability Courts cost taxpayers $15,523 per individual. The report concluded that the recidivism rate for program graduates was at about 15% nationally.12

Despite taxpayer savings, economic benefits and reduced recidivism rates, Georgia’s Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget has slashed Accountability Court program funding in consecutive years.13

THE SOLUTION

RED’s restorative justice program is the solution to the problem stated above. RED is a privately funded Accountability Court styled program. However, RED’s restorative justice program is more
comprehensive than any of the Accountability Court programs the state of Georgia has installed in any of it’s 159 counties. RED does not depend on taxpayer funds to operate. RED’s cost per program participant averages out at approximately $5,000. RED’s recidivism rate is less than 10%.

Since 2015, RED matriculated 125 program participants and graduated 118 of them with less than 10 having reoffended. Why? What is different about RED that produces results the criminal justice system has never seen?

It is simple. RED’s restorative justice program provides educational resources, mentoring, and meaningful community experiences.

RED’s evidence-based curriculum focuses on rehabilitative and educational measures instead of the punitive sanctions imposed through traditional adjudication. RED creates a classroom atmosphere inside the courtroom and treats program participants as students rather than criminal defendants. Our program is structured to develop each participant’s social, civic, and financial literacy rates.

This is done through task-oriented learning, engaging workshops, and interactive modules that consist of various modalities for learning, interpreting, retaining, and re-applying the content of each subject matter.

Participants are matched with mentors on a one-to-one ratio.Mentors are assigned to their mentees during the third month of our year-long program and remain actively engaged through graduation. Mentor matches are made based on the results of our individual needs level of service intake assessment which was prepared by a double board-certified adult and child psychiatrist. The assessment includes an emotional intelligence evaluation. This procedure affords us the opportunity to develop an accurate profile on each program participant.

Public and private sector organizations partner with RED to foster participant development through meaningful community experiences. Each monthly module includes a relevant to the subject matter prosocial and pro-community outing for participants and their mentors.

THE PROGRAM

RED’s restorative justice program services individuals between the ages of 17 and 28. Below is a summary of our monthly modules.

RED’s evidence-based curriculum equips participants with the soft and hard skills necessary to leave the court system and reenter society as thriving members of their community. Our social literacy modules include emotional intelligence training that enhances our participant’s propensity for social mobility. Our civic literacy modules educate our participants on proper police-citizen encounters and voting procedures.

Our financial literacy modules equip our participants with skills in banking, budgeting, saving, investing, and retirement planning. Mentors provide participants with guidance and encouragement every step of the way.

Upon graduating, our participant’s criminal records are restricted (expunged) and their case files are sealed. Graduates are then referred to higher education institutions and or to the workforce.

At the completion of each annual cohort, RED hosts its annual flag football tournament fundraiser in which graduates and members from local law enforcement agencies take the field to tackle recidivism. The event is a one-day tournament with 12-teams competing to be crowned champions of RED’s cause. RED’s next annual flag football fundraiser tournament will be hosted in the home of the Atlanta Falcons – Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

By providing an educational and restorative approach to criminal justice, RED is creating positive social and fiscal outcomes. Our program not only reduces crime and recidivism, but it also frees up taxpayer money to reinvest in our communities. Restorative justice boosts our economy by cultivating more taxpaying, law-abiding citizens. No more self-perpetuating drain on our resources. The benefits are more than just short term. Over time, the benefits to our community include a measurable economic impact, reduced unemployment rates, and most importantly, increased safety in our neighborhoods.

WHY PARTNER WITH RED

Here are just a few ways partnering with RED can positively impact your organization:

  • It will improve your overall perception as a socially responsible brand that gives back to the community.
  • It can expose your organization to potential new clientele.
  • It can provide opportunities to win over customers from competing brands: The 2015 Cone Communications/Ebiquity Global CSR Study reported that “90 percent of U.S. consumers say they would switch brands to one associated with a cause, given comparable price and quality.”
  • Higher consumer willingness to pay: According to a 2014 Nielsen study, 55 percent of online consumers would pay more for product or service offerings when a company is associated with social impact.
  • Higher employee satisfaction: The same 2014 Nielsen study cited that when deciding where to work, 67 percent of employees would rather work for an organization that was socially responsible.

RED Partner Commitment Form

Please fill out the form below and we will be in touch as soon as possible.
If you have any questions please contact us at partners@stoprecidivism.org.

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