* More than 70% of individual incarcerated in the state of Mississippi are there due to drug related criminal activities (Mississippi Department of Correction).
* A recent study linking victimization to alcohol problems found that 90% of alcoholic women were physically and/or sexually abused as children (Mississippi Department of corrections).
* A black male born in 2001 has a 1 in 3 chance of going to prison in his lifetime; a Hispanic male a 1 in 6 chance; and white male 1 in 17 chance; a black female born in 2001 has a 1 in 17 chance of going to prison in her lifetime; a Hispanic girl a 1 in 45 chance; and a white female 1 in 111 chance (Children’s Defense Fund).
* Black children are more than three times as likely as White children to be born into poverty and to be poor, and are four times as likely to live extremely poor (Children's Defense Fund).
* Rampant Substance Abuse - Drugs, tobacco and alcohol lead our children down the wrong path. Disconnected youth, lacking a decent education or high school diploma, job training skills, and social support systems or mentors, often resort to self-destructive acts. Only about 10% of youth with a substance abuse disorder receive treatment (Children’s Defense Fund).
All of the Statistics listed in this brochure are a recipe for disenfranchisement and homelessness if there is no intervention in the lives of these families and individuals, New Way Mississippi, Inc. is making great strides toward breaking the cycles and bridging the Gap.