Friday, March 21, 2008

VC Philanthropy Solves Recidivism Problem

SAM AMAYA was six years old when he first pulled a gun on another person - his father, who was beating his mother...

He began running drugs as a teenager, picking up consignments of marijuana and cocaine near the border with Mexico and selling them around Texas...

Mr Amaya was arrested after pistol-whipping a girlfriend and is today, at 28, about to finish a long sentence for aggravated assault. Statistics would suggest that he will be back before too long: according to the Pew Centre on the States, more than half of released offenders return to prison within three years...

Just before he is released on June 23rd, if all goes to plan, Mr Amaya will graduate from the Prison Entrepreneurship Program...

many criminals are intelligent people with good heads for business and healthy appetites for risk, and that these traits can be put to productive use...

During the past four years PEP has put more than 300 inmates through four months of business classes and study...

Fewer than 5% have reoffended.


Rehabiliting prisoners: a new deal @ the Economist