to reintroduce families.
Putting a name, face, and action to a social movement.
When moms and dads are incarcerated, children pay the price.
Children of incarcerated parents are
to be incarcerated later in life.
in fact, it wants to repeat.
of formerly incarcerated persons in Oregon
of release from prison or felony jail sentence.
Second, make a case to government stakeholders to secure funding and support. If successful, this pilot program could scale—helping not just families in Oregon, but families across America.
Third, feel no pressure?
To reduce prison-return rates by building family-centric support systems—in homes and neighborhoods—that empower an incarcerated parent’s right to change, grow, and enhance their legacy.
Desk research wasn’t gonna be enough. We needed to have meaningful conversations (’cause that’s how meaningful work gets done).
We walked in their shoes.
Visited prisons, listened to incarcerated people, and took their lived experiences seriously.
We reached across the aisle.
We partnered with the Department of Corrections, engaging in constant, open communication to ensure a viable program.
Dropping folks off at the corner wasn’t gonna cut it. We needed a strategic roadmap that ushered incarcerated parents from jailhouse to their house, demonstrating a commitment to their much-needed (but not-easy) personal journey.
Dropping folks off at the corner wasn’t gonna cut it. We needed a strategic roadmap that ushered incarcerated parents from jailhouse to their house, demonstrating a commitment to their much-needed (but the not-easy) personal journey.
“See the inmate,
not as a criminal
but as a human being
who did a crime.”
— Jan Strømnes, Breaking the Cycle
And enormous heart.
and how far they’ve yet to go.
The tagline is three phrases.
The logo is three shapes—
each with a more-than-meets-the-eye tale to tell.
Know Me Now debuted in Oregon in January 2020 in front of government stakeholders, journalists, and advocates. As of July 1, 2020, the pilot program has generated:
And the work is far from over.