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Our Impact

At enrollment, most EITs suffer the stigma of being known for the worst thing they’ve ever done, instead of who they are today. Defy changes that.

See our 2018 Annual Report here

Definitions in the 2018 Annual Report

  • Businesses Founded: Filed business incorporation paperwork or started a sole proprietorship business.
  • Post-release EITs enrolled: EITs who enrolled and completed at least one assignment in their post-release program.
  • 2017-2018 in-prison cohort: For this report, the 2017-2018 cohort includes data over two years. EITs counted in this cohort include EITs who were active in Defy’s program in 2017 and 2018. EITs Graduated (defined as submitting final return pack and pitching) include any EITs who graduated in 2017 or 2018.
  • Enrolled: An EIT has a submitted a complete application and has attended at least one class within the first five class periods.
  • Retention: Adjusted retention rate that does not include involuntary drops.
  • Years remaining on sentence: Measures overall retention, regardless of whether the reason for leaving program was involuntary or voluntary.

Defy’s updated recidivism check occurred in June 2019. Below is our most up-to-date data and definitions.

  • Recidivism: An EIT is considered to have recidivated if they are convicted of a new crime that results in a return to prison or if they are returned to prison because of a parole violation. This definition is based on the “Return to prison” recidivism definition contained in the Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics April 2014 Special Report Recidivism of Prisoners Released in 30 States in 2005: Patterns from 2005 to 2010.*
  • What is our 1-year recidivism rate and sample size?
    Our 1-year recidivism rate is currently 7.20% (n=125).
  • What are the comparative national statistics?**
    Within 1 year of release, the recidivism rate was 30.4%
    Within 3 years of release, the recidivism rate was 49.7%.

*https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/rprts05p0510.pdf, page 15
**https://www.bjs.gov/content/pub/pdf/rprts05p0510.pdf, page 15