Reaching Out From Within (formerly STOP Violence) began in 1982 at the Lansing Correctional Facility when inmates judged a community violence prevention contest. On request, we invited area professionals to speak on topics important to inmates: child abuse, spouse abuse, sexual and substance abuse and anger management.
These presentations became a curriculum, called the Blue Book, written by inmates and used weekly by hundreds of male and female inmates to analyze the roots of violence in their life, to support each other and become role models for non-violence in their prison. This popular self-help program spread organically when inmates transferred to other Kansas prisons requested permission to initiate the program in their new facility.
For 31 years, Kansas communities have enthusiastically welcomed our members into their schools for speaking engagements.
Because of the effectiveness of ROFW in helping inmates transform themselves to role models of non-violence and successful citizens upon release, our organization has expanded from the original group (established in 1982) inside the minimum custody unit at Lansing Correctional Facility to become a 501(c)(3) organization with 18 groups throughout Kansas and one group in North Carolina. Our Board of Directors is raising funds for continuing program expansion, maintaining the program quality, updating our curriculum, and responding to the needs of our alumnae when they return to the community.
Our successes are numerous, mainly the thousands of men and women who were members of this program while incarcerated. Recidivism studies over the years continue to indicate that the recidivism rate for our members is half that of the general Kansas prison population for the three years following release.
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Reaching Out From Within is a volunteer driven organization with very low overhead costs. The average cost annual cost per client is about $100-$120, which is primarily raised through small donations and a small grants. Volunteers travel to prisons to sponsor groups and/or mentor individuals at their own expense. The average annual in-kind contribution made by volunteers is estimated at $130,000, or nearly twice the agency's annual budget.
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