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Our Why

“The Way Out” believes in the power of utilizing difficult past experiences to create an even better future! This is why we strive to help formerly incarcerated individuals (or as we chose to call them Justice Involved Job Seekers) embrace their past and help them overcome the stigma often associated with a criminal conviction.

By helping Justice Involved Job Seekers (JIJS) matchup with employers who understand the social and economic benefits of hiring from a “hard to employ” population, we can help bridge the gap between employers and JIJS’s, in industries that have more jobs available than viable job candidates.

The Way Out (TWO), is breaking the cycle of incarceration through technology and living wage jobs! Our anti-bias employment platform specializes in the hiring of Justice Involved Job Seekers (JIJS) and also provides additional social support services and technologies to help them integrate into their new roles successfully.


  • 2.3 Million people are incarcerated in the U.S. annually

  • 12,500 people are released from U.S. Prisons weekly

  • Annual cost of Mass Incarceration is over $1,000,000,000 (which includes the financial impact on families, their children and their communities)

  • Almost two-thirds of people released from prison will return within 3 years

  • Within their 1st year of release, only 55% of the formerly incarcerated find employment

  • 49 percent of prime-age men were employed two full calendar years prior to incarceration

  • Boys who grow up in families in the bottom 10 percent of the income distribution are 20 times more likely to be in prison 

  • A third of men age 30 without any annual earnings are either incarcerated or unemployed former prisoners


  • Hiring Incentives: Federal Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), partial wage reimbursement, additional tax credits, and other training funds

  • Employee Reliability: Due to the scarcity of opportunities for ex-felons, many employers that hire them have lower turnover than with conventional hires

  • Large Candidate Pool: With such high unemployment rates among the formerly incarcerated, more than 3.5 million prospective workers are available for hire.

  • Economic Impact: Employers can make a considerable difference in transforming a criminal liability into a community asset. Unemployed ex-felons are at a greater risk of re-offending compared to employed ex-felons

  • Help Break the Cycle of Incarceration: An estimated 70 million U.S. adults have arrest or conviction records based on Bureau of Justice statistics.  

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