Democratized Prison Reform

Democratized Prison Reform

From Erin Pate

Our goal is to create a crowdfunded initiative that can be used responsibly by incarcerated individuals to enable economic participation by offering novel goods and services from companies funded and managed by prisoners

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8 months ago

This Fundly campaign and Facebook page has been founded by two men that are currently incarcerated with the MDOC. These two men will also be the very first recipients of this venture. These guys are so frustrated with the lack of opportunities for self improvement and advancement that they've decided to prove that even while incarcerated meaningful contributions can be made to our economy and to society. Prison should never be a barrier to success. Participation and entrepreneurship should not only be welcomed by the department of corrections, they be fostered and encouraged.

"OF ALL THE VIRTUES ONE COULD PASS TO ANOTHER, INDEPENDENCE AND SELF RELIANCE ARE THE FOUNDATIONS UPON WHICH TO BUILD SUCCESS"
-inmate #414779

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     The American penal system operates in the belief that The The           The American penal system operates in the belief that incarcerated individuals have nothing of value to contribute to the economic system while incarcerated. As a result the department of corrections makes every attempt to discourage and even punish their prison populations for making and profiting from purposeful human economic contributions. The direct result of this policy is an absolutely crushing form of poverty being inflicted upon people convicted of crimes on top of already harsh prison sentences causing extremely high failure rates expressed through recidivism percentage rate, as victims of the systematic exclusion reoffend through desperation.

     We will be using the money to create a crowdfunded initiative that can be used responsibly by incarcerated individuals to enable economic participation by offering novel goods and services from companies funded and managed by prisoners. We will change the tide by encouraging incarcerated individuals to take back control of their time in prison by incentivizing entrepreneurship, creativity, planning, execution and responsibility.

     Its our belief that the systematic inequities perpetuated by the American penal system can be reversed by leveraging prisoners to more effectively use their time incarcerated by changing the outcome of their imprisonment (reducing recidivism). It is also our hope that prisoners will eventually directly compete against established corrective services and policies to increase economic power and financial literacy. 

Some things to consider before contributing:

*economics is a practical science regarding general human actions in the monetary system I.e. it's predictable.                                            If an outcome is predictable with a high degree of accuracy how is a government institution allowed to act in a way that is predictably harmful to those in its "care"?

*Statistically, economic stability upon release is a major contributing factor when scoring probabilities of re-offending used by the parole board.

*Recidivism rates have remained nearly stable for 24 years. 

*How can an institution that pro ports to solve a problem be allowed to operate unchallenged by the public with such a high failure rate?

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Erin Pate posted a new update:
8 months ago

Update #1

This Fundly campaign and Facebook page has been founded by two men that are currently incarcerated with the MDOC. These two men will also be the very first recipients of this venture. These guys are so frustrated with the lack of opportunities for self improvement and advancement that they've decided to prove that even while incarcerated meaningful contributions can be made to our economy and to society. Prison should never be a barrier to success. Participation and entrepreneurship should not only be welcomed by the department of corrections, they be fostered and encouraged.

"OF ALL THE VIRTUES ONE COULD PASS TO ANOTHER, INDEPENDENCE AND SELF RELIANCE ARE THE FOUNDATIONS UPON WHICH TO BUILD SUCCESS"
-inmate #414779

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