Remerg was founded with a mission to reduce recidivism. Why? Because when people fail to succeed upon release from incarceration it costs everyone: them, their families, their communities, and the state. At this point in time, roughly half of the people released from incarceration fail to succeed and return to prison or jail.
Company founder Carol Peeples became aware of the need to empower people with accurate and verified information while researching and writing Getting On After Getting Out: A Re-entry Guide for Colorado, the first of its kind in Colorado when it was released in 2007. A few years ago, Carol began researching a website dedicated to helping formerly incarcerated people connect to available resources as quickly as possible upon release. In 2015, the company received a National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research grant.
Remerg.com launched on November 1, 2016, available for free to everyone coming out of jail and prison, their family members and friends, and case managers and law enforcement personnel. We hope remerg.com will help more people reconnect to their communities and succeed upon release, thus reducing recidivism to jail and prison in Colorado.
Remerg.com's IT Director was a successful small business owner and website developer/coder before he was incarcerated in the Colorado Department of Corrections. He was released in early 2015 and is currently on parole. He considers working for remerg.com a way to help the people he was incarcerated with, as well as a way to give back to the community.
Founder Carol Peeples was an educator in public and elite private schools for several years during which she earned a master of arts in English from Middlebury College's Breadloaf School of English. However, the experience of teaching in a prison classroom was pivotal, and since then she has worked in criminal justice reform. Carol founded a voter education project for people disenfranchised by incarceration, co-authored the re-entry GO guide, and recently wrote a hiring guide for employers. She recently earned a Master of Arts in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver's School of Public Affairs.
We are incredibly appreciative of the many people who helped with content research and development, as well as the friends of the project whose support, advice, and encouragement have meant everything. We are especially thankful to our Board of Advisors for their professional guidance and moral support.
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