David Windecher is the Founder of RED a 501(c)3 non-profit and restorative justice organization. RED is dedicated to keeping people out of the criminal justice system — permanently — through programs that enhance the social, financial and civic literacy of nonviolent youths referred to court.
Recidivism refers to the tendency to relapse into criminal activity after a first conviction. Recidivists are also known as repeat offenders.
The United States makes up 5% of the world’s population yet holds 25% of the world’s prisoners. In Georgia, our incarceration rate is 31% higher than the national average with 53,000 people behind bars. 40% of Georgians have a criminal record. We also lead the nation with over 200,000 people on probation which is 321% higher than the national average. In Georgia, 2 out of 3 people released from prison are rearrested within three years. Our state’s recidivism rate is close to 50 percent. Click here to learn more about the impact of recidivism.
RED creates a classroom atmosphere inside the courtroom and treats program participants as students rather than criminals. RED’s curriculum is structured to develop a student’s social, civic and financial literacy through task-oriented learning, engaging workshops, and interactive educational modules. Students are paired with appropriate mentors based on our individual-needs intake assessment. Mentors support students in their personal development and guide them in the completion of program requirements. Upon graduation, student’s records are expunged and they are referred to higher education institutions and/or employment opportunities. A summary of our curriculum can be found below.
People Incarcerated in the U.S.
% Of Repeat Offenders
% Of Non-Violent Offenses