In this episode of the Dudes n Beer podcast host Christopher Jordan welcomes to the show Patrick McGee, Director of In-Prison Initiatives for the Prison Entrepreneurship Program, or “PEP” to discuss this amazing program created to reduce prison recidivism in United States prisons while giving those preparing for release a unique opportunity to gain necessary job skills for the world beyond their fettered confines, and to improve their life outside the prison walls?
With a scant approximate 5% of the world’s population the United States houses an astonishing 20+% of the world’s prison population. That is a staggering statistic! Even more staggering is the stigma placed on those who have been adjudicated into a system made for “reform”. Yet the recidivism rate in America seems to show otherwise…does that mean that the prison system is full of hardened criminals? FAR FROM IT! What are we doing to help these people as the system is supposed to do? What can we do to help them reintegrate into society and be better people for themselves but for their families and communities as well?
That is where the Prison Entrepreneurship program comes in! Established in 2004, the Prison Entrepreneurship Program (PEP) is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. They have pioneered innovative programs that connect the nation’s top executives, entrepreneurs, and MBA students with convicted felons. Their entrepreneurship boot camp and re-entry programs are proven solutions for preventing recidivism, maximizing self-sufficiency and transforming broken lives.
Join the Dudes n Beer podcast as we delve into the world of the Prison Entreprenuership Program and how it is helping people across the country improve their lives!
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