Helping end the cycle of crime, high-risk behaviors and family incarceration.

According to the U.S Dept. of Justice, at the end of 2011, there were over 2.6 million people incarcerated in state, local and federal prisons and detention centers across the U.S. That’s approximately 1 out of every 135 people in this country who imprisoned. When you consider these statistics, also consider the families affected by them. 1 out of every 135 families has a parent, grandparent, brother or sister who calls themselves an inmate. At End the Cycle, we wish to reach those family members so we can help end the cycle of incarceration, family destruction, abuse, drugs and homelessness that can follow families such as these. Our Mission to End the Cycle is accomplished in direct ways thru interaction with inmates and their families, thru the following programs:

Books and Educational materials:
By providing Bible Study, Christian-based life recovery programs, anger-management andpersonally adaptive, down-to-earth Christian educational books and lessons to prisons, End the Cycle is helping to reshape and mold the minds and hearts of inmates before they re-enter society; with the goal of ending the cycle of recidivism. By starting within the prison system and implementing an intensified system of incentive-based rehabilitation for prisoners, End the Cycle’s goal is to rehabilitate the family…from the inside out. 

We help end the cycle by offering mentoring programs to youth (ages 10 to 17) who have a family member who is incarcerated. Through mentoring and teaching viable skills, life-application Biblical studies and self-esteem
building, our volunteer mentors make a difference in the lives of those who are afflicted by the absence or loss of a family member due to incarceration. The goal is to redirect, educate and motivate Youth to end the cycle of incarceration in their family. 

End the Cycle helps provide scholarships for summer camps, educational programs, mission trips and extra-curricular activities to children and families of inmates who may not be able to afford such activities and experiences on their own. (Summer Camp and educational activity scholarships are seasonal and will be announced with deadlines for applying on the main ETC webpage.)

Family reunification scholarships:
End the Cycle helps provide funds to family members who are unable to afford to travel the distance it sometimes takes to visit a loved-one in prison. Many prisoners are transferred out of state or within state but quite a distance from their families’ homes. With fuel and lodging costs sky-rocketing, End the Cycle endeavors to make visitations possible with the goal of family reunification, most especially for prisoners who are scheduled to be released within a 1 to 2 year period. Prisoners and family members must participate in educational and family building programs produced by End the Cycle in order to qualify for Family Reunification Scholarships. (To apply for a scholarship, please contact us and we will email you the Scholarship Guidelines page.) 

         Our belief at End the Cycle is that, with God and His leading, we CAN help End the Cycle!
With the passing of each day more children are lost to a vicious cycle of gangs, drugs, abuse and prison.  Remember, the main focus of the program is to "help reunite" the family, community, and society.  This can only be done through a sense of love, mercy and grace.

Our goal is to motivate incarcerated parents, grandparents and family members to take classes with materials provided by End the Cycle, in order to reeducate themselves, participate in positive programming, deal with anger management, and get substance abuse training and parenting classes.  

Correctional Centers and Staff:  
Inmates who participate in End the Cycle classes and programs on various subjects (parenting classes, anger management, substance abuse, family connections etc.) must maintain a high level of conduct, dedication and moral excellence in order to stay in the programs and receive the family reunification benefits. Correctional staff will ultimately feel more at ease because the inmates will have a greater incentive for self-rehabilitation.  End the Cycle programs will also be used to ensure and maintain safety in our continually expanding prison system. (Already in use at various prisons in the U.S.)