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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Notes from "Perkins Jail-break"

"Breaking Out of the Jail Cycle"

Notes from Dr. John Perkins – 7/19/05 Transform Indiana meeting

The answer is – The Family!

Transform Indiana focused on "Breaking Out of the Jail Cycle" for the second month, with Dr. John Perkins speaking on the subject.

He got straight to the point, by first, asking, and then answering the question, “What’s broken in America and we’re not fixing it?”

His answer: “Broken relationships with God, with the family, within the community.”

He emphasized the problems associated with no father in the home (some of these are detailed, below.)

Most of the men in prison come from fatherless homes. (85% of youths in prison grew up in fatherless homes.)

Dr. Perkins’ conclusion about solving the overall prison problem is that any solution that doesn’t fix the family won’t fix the problem.

The second issue that he addressed, was, “How do we solve the problem for the current 2.5 million people in prison?”

He assured us that all but 1-2% of those people would come back into society, so we need to deal with the issues of re-entry to society, and reduce recidivism.

He suggested a program with 10 people from a church visiting the same group of prisoners, say 25, on a weekly basis. The church should have a half-way house, operated by the same 10 people, which would house the released prisoners, provide them jobs, and assimilate them into their church,. He emphasized the importance of helping them to learn how to make decisions, in order for them to re-enter society

It is important for people coming out of prison to return to a neighborhood similar to the one where they grew up. This means that suburban churches will not be able to have the half-way house close to their church, so he suggested a partnership with an inner-city church, with, perhaps, 10 people from each church being involved. The suburban church could provide the funding for the half-way house located near the inner-city church.

The August 9 meeting of Transform Indiana will discuss ways of implementing these suggestions.

Eldon Kibbey
Moderator
Transform Indiana

The following information was copied from: http://www.fathersforlife.org/

It's Official: The Experiment Has Failed
For the best part of thirty years we have been conducting a vast experiment with the family, and now the results are in: the decline of the two-parent, married-couple family has resulted in poverty, ill-health, educational failure, unhappiness, anti-social behaviour, isolation and social exclusion for thousands of women, men and children.
From Experiments in Living: The Fatherless Family
By Rebecca O'Neill; Sept. 2002, CIVITAS
• 63% of youth suicides are from fatherless homes.
[U. S. D.H.H.S. Bureau of the Census]
• 90% of all homeless and runaway children are from fatherless homes.
• 85% of all children that exhibit behavioral disorders come from fatherless homes.
[Center for Disease Control]
• 80% of rapists motivated with displaced anger come from fatherless homes.
[Criminal Justice and Behavior, Vol. 14 p. 403-26]
• 71% of all high school dropouts come from fatherless homes.
[National Principals Association Report on the State of High Schools]
• 70% of juveniles in state operated institutions come from fatherless homes
[U.S. Dept. of Justice, Special Report, Sept., 1988]
• 85% of all youths sitting in prisons grew up in a fatherless home.
[Fulton County Georgia Jail Populations and Texas Dept. of Corrections, 1992]
• Nearly 2 of every 5 children in America do not live with their fathers.
[US News and World Report, February 27, 1995, p.39]

What does this mean? Children from fatherless homes are:
• 4.6 times more likely to commit suicide,
• 6.6 times to become teenaged mothers (if they are girls, of course),
• 24.3 times more likely to run away,
• 15.3 times more likely to have behavioral disorders,
• 6.3 times more likely to be in a state-operated institutions,
• 10.8 times more likely to commit rape,
• 6.6 times more likely to drop out of school,
• 15.3 times more likely to end up in prison while a teenager.
(The calculation of the relative risks shown in the preceding list is based on 27% of children being in the care of single mothers.)
and — compared to children who are in the care of two biological, married parents — children who are in the care of single mothers are:
• 33 times more likely to be seriously abused (so that they will require medical attention), and
• 73 times more likely to be killed.
["Marriage: The Safest Place for Women and Children", by Patrick F. Fagan and Kirk A. Johnson, Ph.D. Backgrounder #1535.]

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