The Apollo13 Project aims to help reduce crime, save tax dollars, and improve life chances by helping ex-offenders (and at-risk youth and adults) spend less time behind bars and integrate into society more successfully upon release.
This outcome will be more likely when (1) ex-offenders receive better social support and community acceptance; (2) more ex-offenders are employed upon release; (3) more policies emphasize alternatives to incarceration; and (4) more ex-offenders receive effective help with skills, addictions and mental health challenges.
To help make these conditions possible, The Apollo 13 Project will (1) create a tight & active stakeholder dialog network. A13.org
will become a prime platform for researchers, policy-makers, corrections professionals, ex-offenders, community leaders, journalists, and employers.
The website will help stakeholders (2) collect stories that humanize the reentry experience, turning numbers into faces; (3) engage and educate journalists and power bloggers, ensuring more coverage of reentry efforts; and (4) assist researchers and policy-makers in making data more clear and consumable, so that best practices are more readily understood and adopted.
These tightly-linked initiatives will expand media coverage, shift public attitudes, encourage employers to hire ex-offenders, and empower legislators to create and sustain more effective programs.
The Apollo 13 Project is housed at Utah Valley University and is a 501(c)(3). UVU students actively engage in the project. Every semester Apollo 13 offers a hands-on field work course in which students play key roles recruiting stakeholders, collecting stories, and collecting and parsing data. In addition, the Behavioral Sciences program offers a field survey course, introducing students to literature of crime, incarceration, harm reduction, and reentry.