Despair, disillusionment, hopelessness, rejection. These are just a few of the
negative feelings and emotions that prisoners experience daily. Prisons are a wasteland
of human beings who have experienced fractured relationships, abuse and broken dreams.
"For the recruitment of local volunteers to be trained and monitored for one-on-one
visitation with prisoners who have requested a friend because they receive few or
no visits from the outside. Ex-offenders are mentored and encouraged through a caring
relationship to become productive and useful citizens, resulting in life changing
decisions for their future."
ASK volunteers are successfully working with the "forgotten" inmates. California
Insititution for Women or CIW was asked to obtain the status of approximately 190
ex-offenders who have or are participating in the ASK mentoring program. According
to the records of those 190 women; 158 have served their sentences and have since
been released. 75 of those 158 women have discharged off parole, while the other
73 are currently on parole and awaiting discharge. Only 10 women have either re-offended
or are considered a parolee-at-large. The remaining 32 are still serving their sentences
and/or have transferred to other institutions. This equates to a 95% success rate.
The information obtained by CIW shows the overwhelming and evident success of
the ASK organization in aiding and facilitating the rehabilitation and successful
re-entry of ex-offenders involved in our program.