Project Return: This program began in 1993 at
Tulane University Medical Center to provide men and women released from prison viable
alternatives to their earlier lifestyles. Two-thirds of the staff are former prisoners. The U.S.
Department of Justice has pronounced Project Return to be a highly successful after-prison
program. It has reduced recidivism among its participants by almost three times lower than the
national average. It has also attracted a large consortium of business leaders in New Orleans.
The International Community Correction Association
is a membership organization dedicated to promoting community-based
corrections to increase public safety. ICCA is a private, non-profit
organization that provides information, training, and other services
to enhance the quality of services and supervision for offenders
and to promote effective management practices.