National Exhoodus Council,Prisoner Rentry/Gang Prevention

The United States has had prisons as a sanction for those who violate criminal laws since William Penn and the Quakers of Pennsylvania created a wing of the Walnut Street Jail to house sentenced offenders in 1790.  
During the next 200 years, there have been many changes in how prisons were operated, what correctional goals were emphasized, and what programs were offered. Throughout this period, the pendulum has repeatedly swung from harsh discipline and tight security to a focus on individual prisoner rights and rehabilitative treatment. 
During the past decade, there has been a renewed interest in prisoner reentry. This is due to a change in many of the factors surrounding the release of prisoners and their reentry to the community.  
These changes include a modification of sentencing from the use of parole to determinate release with fewer ex-offenders having supervision in the community, an increased emphasis on surveillance rather than assistance for those under supervision, less community stability and availability of community social service support, and dramatically larger numbers returning to the community. 
NEC goal is to assist in the re-entry of returning citizens. NEC along with strategic partners, will asssist with social intergration and civic responsibillity.

NEC Intervention and re-entry program will focus on substance abuse treatment, violent or sex offender treatment, gang violence, vocational training, work release, life skills.  
We are asking community leaders in Cities accross the country to help develop opportunities for young people at risk so together we can stop the cycle of violence directly linked to the lack of fare and equal opportunities for all. 
Malik Aziz, National Exhoodus Council Founder 
Malik is a founder and Chairman of the National Exhoodus Council, with a presence in 24 cities across the nation.  

Around seven hundred thousand mostly low-income and minority men and women are released from prison each year. Returning to lives of low wages and high rates of unemployment, about two thirds will be rearrested within three years. I propose a national prisoner reentry program whose core ele- ment is up to a year of transitional employment available to all parolees in need of work. Transitional jobs are supplemented by substance-abuse treatment and housing after release, expanded work and ed- ucational programs in prison, and the restoration of eligibility for federal benefits for those with felony records. The program costs are offset by increased employment and reduced crime and correctional costs for program participants. By shifting supervision from custody in prison to intensive programs in the community, National Exhoodus Council re-entry program improves economic opportunity and reduces prison populations.