Since 2004, PEP has produced the nation’s leading results in the prison rehabilitation industry by dramatically reducing return-to-prison rates while considerably increasing employment rates and business ownership. We are proud of the hard work and results our graduates have achieved.

Our 2,600+ graduates have achieved the following impressive results:

Strong Employment

100% of PEP graduates are employed within 90 days of release from prison; in fact, our graduates average only 20 days “from prison to paycheck.” We have achieved our employment metric every month since May 2010.

Small Business Formation/Incubator

More than 500 businesses have been launched by PEP graduates, including five that generate over $1MM in gross annual revenue.

Excellent Job Retention

Nearly 100% of PEP graduates are still employed after 12 months (compared to a nearly 50% national unemployment rate among ex-offenders).

Higher Than Average Starting Wage

PEP graduates have a $12.63/hour average starting wage (68% above minimum wage).
After their first year of release, the average wage rise to $17.97/hour, and their average wage after 3 years of release is $23.62/hour

Exceptionally Low Recidivism

PEP graduates have an exceptionally low 8.3% three-year recidivism rate (compared to the national average of nearly 50%).

In recognition of our innovative work, PEP has received extensive media coverage as well as the Texas Governor’s Award for Criminal Justice Volunteer Service and a “Rising Star” award from the Monitor Group/Fast Company Social Capitalist Awards. PEP also ranked as a finalist in contests for the Peter F. Drucker Award for Nonprofit Innovation and the Ashoka Changemakers award.

The above results are a clear indicator that we are effectively pursuing our mission. But we do not rest on our laurels. We are constantly refining, improving, and measuring every aspect of our program and its delivery to ensure we keep delivering results.