In an era of mass incarceration, when millions of individuals are warehoused in prisons, grave injustices and racial disparities exist. In a process Joseph House calls accompaniment, we prioritize the material, relational, and spiritual needs of the human person by walking with them as friends and advocates as they rejoin us in free society. Joseph House seeks to serve those most affected by mass incarceration.
Joseph House News…
On June 29th, we celebrated new beginnings at Joseph House with a House Blessing. A group of friends and volunteers gathered with Bishop Bill Wack to share in our hope that Joseph House will become a place of hospitality, dreams, and restoration for those returning from prison back into our communities. See here for more on this beautiful day.
Joseph House was featured in this article from the Tallahassee Democrat on our mission in the Tallahassee area. A few weeks later a nice op-ed was written on our hope to create spaces of increased engagement between our communities and those formerly incarcerated.
Bishop Bill Wack was interviewed for this article on Joseph House featured in Crux Now.
The United States has the highest prison population in the world.
We are 4.4% of world’s population but house roughly 22% of world’s prisoners. Much of this is due to our severe length of prison sentences. Our incarceration rate has exceeded the Gulag’s in the Soviet Union when it housed around 1.2 million, while we have around 2.4 million incarcerated.
Florida's incarceration rate exceeds every country on the planet.
Over 100,000 men and women are incarcerated in the state of Florida. Florida also incarcerates more juveniles in adult prisons than any other state.
Pensacola to Tallahassee houses roughly 40,000 prisoners.
Narrowing in, the area spanning from Pensacola to Tallahassee houses roughly 40,000, which is as much that are incarcerated in the entire state of Missouri.
Why we exist.
Joseph House exists because 95% of the 100,000 men and women currently incarcerated in Florida will be released.
Without support services, two-thirds will return to prison within three years.
“Proximity has taught me some basic and humbling truths, including this vital lesson: Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”
A commitment to the full reintegration into society.
Joseph House provides evidence-based, trauma-informed programming and collaborates with other community providers. Participants are provided with housing, food, clothing and a range of support services to assist with their transition back into society.