COHAP OUTREACH CORPORATION

To give a chance in life and restore hope in former inmates and to help veterans with a new skillful trade and home buying needs. Our goal is to provide temporary housing and build affordable homes throughout the community.

Our vision to break the cycle of recidivism through support, advocacy, and education by providing a plan and pathway for ex-offenders to get out and stay out of the prison system in the state of Texas.

Every year, over 600,000 people will leave prison and try to rejoin our communities as productive members of society. 

Despite seeking employment at rates higher than the general population, formerly incarcerated individuals are half as likely to get a job because of their history of incarceration. They also face unemployment rates five times the national average. In the Google era, a simple web search ensures that no one can ever truly escape their past.

The discrimination that these would-be employees experience perpetuates a cycle of economic insecurity that forces many to return to illegal activities just to survive.

Nearly two thirds of formerly incarcerated individuals find themselves back in prison in just three years.

COHAP Outreach Corporation is dedicated to helping people with criminal backgrounds to show them how to repair their credit history and to become financial responsible with their finances. We also offer workshops teaching individuals how to start their own small businesses and to take a new trade with in-person & online education. More than half of all ex-offenders are rearrested within three years. But recidivism rates for ex-offenders who go through reentry programs can be as low as 7.5 percent.

Some Facts

According to the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition, the three-year recidivism rate is 21.4%. This rate is one of the lowest in the country. According to the world population review, Texas is the number one state with the highest prison populations in the country.

The ten states with the highest prison populations in the country are:

  1. Texas – 154,479
  2. California – 122,417
  3. Florida – 96,009
  4. Georgia – 54,113
  5. Ohio – 50,338
  6. Pennsylvania – 45,485
  7. New York – 43,439
  8. Arizona – 40,951
  9. Illinois – 38,259
  10. Michigan – 38,053
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The U.S has the highest prison population in any country; nearly 25% of its incarcerated population. Which holds about 2.19 million prisoners as of 2019 (1.38 million in federal and state prisons, 745,200 in jails). 

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In 1972, there were only 200,000 people incarcerated in the United States. Today that number has grown to 2.2 million.

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The U.S has the highest prison population in any country; nearly 25% of its incarcerated population. Which holds about 2.19 million prisoners as of 2019 (1.38 million in federal and state prisons, 745,200 in jails). 

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