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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.

 

Definitions

  • Businesses Founded: Filed business incorporation paperwork or started a sole proprietorship business.
  • Completed Post Release: 2015 to Current: EITs who completed White Belt = submitted final return pack + pitched; 2014: Completed Intro; Pre-2014: Completed some level of programming.
  • Cumulative Enrollment: (multiple definitions): This counts EITs considered enrolled since 2015.  From 2015 through October 2017, “enrolled” was defined as submitted an application and accepted into the program.  For EITs enrolled after October 2017, see “enrolled” definition below.
  • Enrolled: An EIT has a submitted a complete application and has attended at least one class within the first five class periods.
  • Graduated/Completion In Prison: EITs in the prison program who complete CEO of Your New Life Program (CEOYNL) = submitted final return pack + pitched. NOTE: The completion designation that includes pitching was implemented Fall of 2017.
  • Recidivism: Recidivism background checks run on any EITs meet the following criteria: released into the community, notified Defy of their release, have signed background check waivers, and who have completed at least White Belt (either in the prison program or in the post-release programs within the last three years: 2015, 2016, 2017). An EIT is considered to have recidivated if they are convicted of a new state or federal felony and re-incarcerated. Background checks in 2018 run through Intellicorp.
  • Retention: Measures overall retention, regardless of whether the reason for leaving program was involuntary or voluntary.

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NOTE: Data were collected and aggregated from Defy historical archival documents and Defy’s case management database and learning platform. Recidivism data collected from Intellicorp background checks conducted January – March 2018 on 2015, 2016, and 2017 EIT White Belt graduates.  


National Program Metrics 
(as of March 2018)

In Prison

  • Current Enrollment (as of March 9): 1168
  • Cumulative Enrollment: 3503
  • Cumulative Graduated: 1298
  • Cumulative Graduated/Completion Rate: 52%
  • Currently Enrolled Retention Rate: 85%

Post Release

  • Current Enrollment: 193
  • Number of Businesses Founded: 139**
  • Completed Post-Release Programming: 354**
  • Employment: Still Collecting Data*

National/Overall

  • Recidivism rate: < 5%

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*Employment: Defy’s post-release program has continued to evolve and we have adjusted our data collection instruments. We expect to have employment data by mid-2018.

**Includes distance EITs not connected to a regional hub
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Regional Program Metrics
(as of March 2018)

PELICAN BAY STATE PRISON
(Managed by the National team)

In Prison

  • Current Enrollment: 157
  • Cumulative Enrollment: 335
  • Graduated: 85
  • Cumulative Overall Retention Rate: 48%
  • Currently Enrolled Retention Rate: 60%

TRI-STATE (NY/NJ/CT)

In Prison

  • Current Enrollment: 50
  • Cumulative Enrollment: 382
  • Graduated: 191
  • Cumulative Overall Retention Rate: 54%
  • Currently Enrolled Retention Rate: 96%

Post Release

  • Current Enrollment: 63
  • Recidivism rate: < 5%
  • Number of Businesses Founded: 101
  • Completed Post-Release Programming: 276

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

In Prison

  • Current Enrollment: 345
  • Cumulative Enrollment: 1252
  • Graduated: 597
  • Cumulative overall Retention Rate: 60%
  • Currently Enrolled Retention Rate: 97%

Post Release

  • Current Enrollment: 74
  • Recidivism rate: < 5%
  • Number of Businesses Founded: 5
  • Completed Post-Release Programming: 4

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA

In Prison

  • Current Enrollment: 290
  • Cumulative Enrollment: 1124
  • Graduated: 320
  • Cumulative Overall Retention Rate: 54%
  • Currently Enrolled Retention Rate: 79%

Post Release

  • Current Enrollment: 36
  • Recidivism rate: < 5%
  • Number of Businesses Founded:  19
  • Completed Post-Release Programming: 28

NEBRASKA

In Prison

  • Current Enrollment: 228
  • Cumulative Enrollment: 458
  • Graduated: 105  
  • Cumulative Overall Retention Rate: 46%
  • Currently Enrolled Retention Rate: 75%

Post Release

  • Current Enrollment: 17
  • Recidivism rate: < 5%
  • Number of Businesses Founded: 1
  • Completed Post-Release Programming: 1

COLORADO

In Prison

  • Current Enrollment: 98
  • Cumulative Enrollment: 98
  • Graduated: 0  
  • Current Retention Rate: 98%
  • Currently Enrolled Retention Rate: 98%

Post Release Too early/NA

  • Current Enrollment: NA
  • Recidivism rate: NA
  • Number of Businesses Founded: NA
  • Completed Post-Release Programming: NA