Our vision is to create safer, stronger, and restorative communities through systemic advocacy, removing barriers to reentry for formerly incarcerated people, dramatically decreasing our prison populations, and investing in people. We are organizing to transform communities and lives. We are bringing together Vincentians, community organizations, and returning citizens and formerly incarcerated people to shift our incarceration policies, radically.
St. Vincent de Paul has been the vanguard of addressing people’s basic needs for over 170 years. We are committed by our faith to serve. And, when we see injustice, we unite with those impacted to create stronger communities. Mass Incarceration is breaking families apart, ruining communities, and leaving us unsafe. We are organizing ourselves, formerly incarcerated people and their families, and other Catholic and faith communities to remove barriers to reentry and to promote safer and restorative ways to invest in people and create safer communities.
Our Hope: Shift the narrative in our cities and states so that a more humane, restorative and dignified system can emerge.
Our Strategy: Organize and invest in the leadership of returning citizens to identify issues and drive campaigns, grow solidarity of Vincentians to support organizing efforts and shift mental models, so that we can win on local, state and national issues.
Click on the link below to see the update on the National Reentry Program given by Paul Graham at the April 2015 Mid-Year meeting: