Each year about 25,000 people are committed to the
Allegheny County Jail in Pittsburgh,
and the jail's population - -
currently 2,600 on a daily basis - -
Of those in the general jail population,
approximately 65% will return
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 crime in the first place. Many inmates return to the lifestyles, communities,
and loved ones that may
influenced their crime.
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.