Alliance Reentry Centers or ARC is a reentry and success center. We believe reentry starts at sentencing and there needs to be a “Re-entry Plan” for each person sentenced. We would like to be a part of that process. Our plan is to build out 1,500 to 3,000 beds over the next 3 – 5 years for the housing and success component. We just need access to people in prison who will get out some day and possibly funding for those who are clearly indigent or absolutely no family or other support.
We currently have one 56 – 60 bed facility in Bessemer, Alabama called ARC of Bessemer for men only. We invision ARC of Montgomery, ARC of Tuscaloosa, ARC of Mobile, ARC of Huntsville, ARC of Dothan, and ARC of Birmingham to start. We will be able to take men and women, all offenses even including sex offenders, which are the hardest to find housing. The key components to success are making sure when men and women are released, they have all or most, if not all, of the tools to succeed from simple government identifications to affordable housing and food; and most importantly, a Job. Most people can pay but some, cannot. Those are the one’s we will need government help for – a Hand Up, not a Hand Out. Some may need a 60 to 90 day jump start or help covering their needs. If they cannot make it in that period of time, then they will never make it. However, the cost would be far less than their cost to house and take care of them in ADOC. Anyone in our program or who is selected to be in our program will have had to have procured their GED or already have graduated high school, received/receiving a trade and meet our standards for release. We recognize not everyone that wants a “Second Chance,” is ready for that Second Chance. There needs to be beds available for those people who have not yet understood that criminal thinking and activity is not acceptable to society, i.e. us. But for those that have gone through the program we are proposing both in and out of prison, we believe will be a high rate of success.
Success translates and equates to ultimately, helping to fix the dangerous and unconstitutional overcrowding problem and a big one, save the taxpayers’ money which then you can allocate more of the budget to better suited line items such as fixing prisons, building better prisons, hiring correctional officers and staff or for the children and their education and well being, elderly, roads, etc. that shows your constituents that you are indeed making a difference and fixing a problem, not necessarily you created, but, again, inherited and now you are doing something about that should work for the majority.