A society that:
The voice too often missing in re-entry discussions is the voice of those who have gone through the process - The formerly-incarcerated. A group of us decided it was time to change that reality.
We started What's Next in order to prototype a disruptive approach to reducing recidivism.
We are working first in Washington State because it is a place that welcomes new ideas and is always looking at how it can expand inclusivity. Our hope is to collaborate with other organizations and replicate success across the country.
We’re formerly incarcerated individuals and allies who seek to replace the system of mass incarceration with solutions that work better for everyone.
Our first strategic priority is to focus on improving the ability of formerly incarcerated adults to reintegrate into society.
One in six Americans will serve time in prison. 100 million have a criminal record.
In Washington State, nearly 40% of inmates will reoffend and return to prison within 3 years of release.
Lack of housing and jobs are the leading causes of recidivism.
Current solutions are not at the scale of the problem.
Recidivism costs Washington taxpayers $115M every year.
The experts (that’s us) lead and use:
Reduce recidivism in Washington State by 50% in 7 years. Save taxpayers $50M per year.
Board of Directors
President: Zachary Kinneman JD
Entreprenuer - Commercial Property Owner - Developer
Secretary and Co-Founder: Roslyn Solomon JD
Consultant - Former Seattle University Law Professor - Attorney - Administrative Law Judge
Treasurer: Paul Jackson - Warehouse Manager POP! Gourmet
Co-Founder and Ex-Officio Board Member: Susan Mason
Erin Jones - Principal - Erin Jones, LLC
Genevieve Martin - Executive Director Dave's Killer Bread Foundation
Vicki Orrico - Of Counsel, Johns, Monroe, Mitsunaga and Kolouskova, PLLC - Principal Orrico Consulting, PS
Cary Retlin - Behavioral Health Housing Administrator - State of Washington Department of Commerce
Melody Simle - President - Washington State Families of Prisoners Council - Owner NW Roofing Associates
Faith Trimble - Founder and CEO - The Athena Group
Pamela Stearns - Administrative Staff Assistant with King County’s Department of Natural Resources and Parks Human Resources
Susan Mason - Executive Director