The Foundation of HOPE Offers a Solution that Works.
Each year, about 30,000 people are arrested and brought to the Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh. The jail’s population – generally between 2,500-2700 on a daily basis – is growing. Of those in the general jail population, approximately 52% will return (or recidivate).
This recidivism is primarily due to the fact that, once released, inmates face incredible obstacles in overcoming or avoiding the factors that contributed to their incarceration in the first place. Many return to the lifestyles, communities, and loved ones who may have influenced their criminal thinking.
The Foundation of HOPE addresses the problem of recidivism by offering inmates support and direction both during their time at the jail and after their release, thereby increasing their capacity to make responsible decisions and avoid repeat offenses.