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Former Prisoner Develops Website ( to Reduce Recidivism Rates Throughout America


June 8, 2011 – Riding on the wave of proven success, Gary Dimitris, owner of Prisoners Network, has developed a website,, that incorporates advanced search engine technology that can specifically meet the needs of prisoners and ex-offenders. The purpose and mission of the web site is to reduce recidivism rates. The services that Prisoners Network will be able to provide are services that can improve the quality of life for men and women incarcerated throughout the United States prison system.

According to The United Way of America, the search engine is the most advanced human service directory in the nation. The directory can eliminate duplication of services and centralizes each state social agency into one database. Because of the many benefits, the federal government is taking an interest in it. With more than 48 states already using the classification system through a nationally approve telephone code (2-1-1) call system approved by Federal Communications Commission, it is now possible for this disenfranchised group to find the help they need all in one place, using three easy to remember numbers.

“I believe that if we can get the word out to this population about this service number, they will use it, and it will help to reduce the high rate of recidivism we see in America today,” says the founder of the website, who has been exactly where many ex-offenders find themselves today when being released from prison.

Recidivism is a behavior that results in repeating a negative act (usually criminal in nature). After being release from prison and left to their own device, many offenders repeats this type of behavior, causing them to become involved in the criminal justice system again, and creating a revolving door effect back to prison. As stated by Dimitris: "This phenomenon is creating such a national crisis that many states spend more money on incarceration than they do on education”.

While there are many reasons for recidivism, according to the Department of Education these behaviors can be reduced if help is available to those who want to change through education. This help usually comes from people who are close to the person affected, and from those who care about others in their community. The website, is the vessel to help achieve these efforts.

Even though the factors that cause recidivism are complex, finding help to overcome these behaviors is not, if you know where to go.

This technology and the type of system Prisoners Network is incorporating into their website is supported by members of Congress, and instituted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). This so called “2-1-1 call system” now streamlines, and makes it possible to eliminate, the maze caused by all the thousands of social agency call centers located throughout America. The new technology simplifies, and coordinates the effort using just one 3-digit phone number. The 2-1-1 telephone number system can help everyone and anyone, including offenders who can now easily locate and find the help that can change their behavior. This national system was not designed to just serve prisoners or ex-offenders; it was designed to serve everyone throughout the United States. Anyone can access this service.

The 2-1-1 system is very much like the 9-1-1 emergency system. When you call 911, you can expect help to come. The 2-1-1 system built around that same technology and philosophy and is maintained by the same level of professionals who are trained to assist those in need. You know that when you call 911 help is coming because it is built around a system that is designed to quickly assess a situation and provide the help that is needed. The national 2-1-1 call centers work in the same way. You call the 2-1-1 national helpline and help is on the way. It is also systematically designed to assess the situation or need, to monitor the progress and then follows up until the service is found, and the need is resolved.

On their crusade to reduce recidivism, Prisoners Network is taking advantage of this technology and its capability to help find the services that prisoners and ex-offenders need to succeed as they try to re-enter society again.


 Recidivism and Education
 Department of Education
 Reducing recidivism
 Prisoners and Edcuation

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