DID YOU KNOW?
- Connecticut currently has 16,600 inmates in 15 prisons (Jan 2014)
- Connecticut spends roughly $700 million per year or $95 per day for each inmate
- Nearly 85% of inmates have drug and/or alcohol addictions or mental health issues
- 47% of inmates are African-American vs. 9% of Connecticut’s population
- Recidivism is very high, e.g., >60% for addicted within two years of release
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Malta Criminal Justice Initiative a sponsored work of the Order of Malta, seeks transformation and reconciliation of the imprisoned by affirming the dignity of each inmate and ex-offender and stressing that his or her life matters. We provide support to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people by raising public awareness of the barriers faced, particularly the need for employment, as they begin the process of transitioning from a period of incarceration back into the community.
OUR GOALS AND VISION
We inform the public and legislators of relevant needed criminal justice reforms, recruit and train volunteers who will visit with prisoners, facilitate employment of ex-offenders, conduct Mass and other religious services for those incarcerated, and provide religious materials such as the Malta Bible, rosaries, books, etc.
Contact: MCJI, 33 Chester Place, Southport, CT 06890-0481; by fax at 203-362-3348; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org