Why We Do What We Do
According to the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement, 79,165 of America's youth were held in juvenile residential placement facilities in 2010, and more than 6 in 10 of them were minorities. African-American youth are nearly five times as likely to be incarcerated as their white peers, and Latino and American Indian youth are between two and three times as likely.
Why are youth making decisions that lead to incarceration? They say it's because their homes, schools, and neighborhoods are chaotic and unsafe. Where they need love, attention, discipline, control, role models and perspective, their home and school environments fail to provide for them.
And once they are released, their environments may be failing them again. Once released, about two-thirds (67.8 percent) of prisoners are rearrested within three years, and within five years about three-quarters (76.6 percent) are rearrested.
WANT TO GET INVOLVED and be a part of the SOLUTION?
Join us! Here at One by 1, we work to build safer, more stable, supportive communities that prevent youth from being incarcerated and prevent released prisoners from being rearrested.
A Personal Story of Survival
Eddie Ellis was just a kid in the streets when he was arrested and sentenced to a 15-year prison term. After his release, he founded One by 1, Inc. and now uses his lived experience to build safer communities. He develops and provides workshops to at-risk youth to help them develop the life, leadership, and decision-making skills they need to stay in school and out of trouble. He also develops resources to support the successful reentry of men and women from incarceration back into their communities.
Though Eddie can't change the choices he made in his youth, he works hard everyday to ensure that today's youth are equipped to make better choices than he did and that people who also made mistakes in the past are prepared to reenter society and do better.
See more in the Out for Good trailer above.
One by 1 Inc. P.O. Box 452 Olney, MD 20830 Oneby1inc@yahoo.com