Incarceration affects us all. In the U.S., nearly 7 million people live under supervision of adult correctional authorities (in prison, in jail, on probation, or on parole). Over 2.2 million men and women are behind bars, and more than 600,000 people are released every year—with two-thirds being rearrested within three years. The annual cost to incarcerate and reincarcerate this many people exceeds $80 billion.
Beyond the price tag, soaring levels of incarceration and recidivism take a toll on communities and families. This cycle of crime and incarceration produces broken relationships, victimization, despair, and instability that the children bare the brunt of. We can’t afford not to lose our children.
Seed of Wisdom is a nonprofit organization serving the children of incarcerated parents. Our work also supports prisoners, former prisoners, and their families. We are advocates of support for the youth, prison reform and ultimately prison abolition. We share our first hand knowledge through addressing the suffrage that the cycle of crime creates and we reverse the cycle by engaging in a cycle of positivity, inspiration and motivation.