The mission of InsideOUT Writers is to reduce juvenile recidivism by providing a range of services that meets the unique needs of currently and formerly incarcerated youth and young adults.
Using creative writing as a catalyst for personal transformation, these young people are empowered with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully re-integrate into our communities and become advocates for their futures.
The national recidivism rate is 75% but for those who participate in our Alumni Program, less than 10% return to incarceration.
It costs $233,600 per year to incarcerate a youth, while we serve our youth at just $2,272 per year.
We provide incarcerated youth with creative writing classes and encourage our Alumni to continue through our Writers Circles.
Our success reducing recidivism proves that focused resources and non-judgmental community support drive lasting change.