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Fraternal Order of X-Offenders

By Floyd Miller



Editors Note: The West Texas Tribune welcomes Brother Ellsworth Johnson-Bey . Brother Bey is Founder and President of Fraternal Order of X-Offenders. Brother Bey has a wealth of knowledge that should be of value to the X-offender and the general public.IntroductionPEACE – F.O.X.O. Inc. is a grassroots organization created by X-Offenders to prevent, deter and decrease the prevalence of crime, drugs, violence and gang activity through research, program development and training. F.O.X.O.’s research is designed to evaluate social pathologies within our communities from a social, psychological, economical, political, cultural/spiritual and historical perspective.We identify and develop effective strategies and national partnership to assess and {{more}} access funding sources to enhance our collective capacity to deter, decrease and prevent the proliferation of crime, drugs and violence in the community. Our mission encompasses serving to develop and build capacity in community based and faith based organizations as well as academic institutions; to enhance the quality of life for all stakeholders, at risk youth and families. Many programs and services aim to reduce youth violence. Most of these programs are based on the belief that a particular strategy will work to reduce the risk of youth and adults engaging in crimes, drugs and violent behavior and/or to build resiliency to protect youth from this behavior.A common misconception of the general public is the belief that youth violence prevention and intervention strategies must solely target the young person and their individual behavior without targeting psychology and sociology of their criminality via juvenile delinquency. F.O.X.O. believes from personal as well as professional experience that our behavior does not change unless the precursor changes. F.O.X.O.’s premise is that all behaviors are learned behaviors. People learn what they live and live what they learn. Research indicates that effective programs build on the understanding that individuals operate within a complex network of individual, family, community and environmental contexts that impact their capacity to avoid risk solutions, therefore, programs must be designed to strengthen each of these spheres of influence with the goal of reducing overall risk. Programs can continue to reach individuals directly or they can attempt to change the aforementioned systems in which the individual youth and adults develops. F.O.X.O. believes that the behavioral modification process must be two fold e.g. internal and external if we want to be more comprehensive in our proficiency. F.O.X.O.’s Cognitive Restructuring Program ProcessThe complex nature of crime, drugs and violence demands comprehensive approaches. Multiple rather than single, isolated factors place children youth and adults at risk of becoming victims or perpetrators of violent crimes. Therefore to be effective, programs must address multiple risk factors in a variety of settings. F.O.X.O has assessed the Public Health paradigm, which indicates that violence prevention, and intervention strategies can be categorized into three levels: primary, secondary and tertiary. A comprehensive approach addresses crimes, drugs and violent thinking and behavior at each of these levels within a specific community.The Psychology and Sociology of Criminality: Encompassing 5 Crucial Ares of CriminalityThe Psychology and Sociology of Criminality is a DVD that is an unconventional crime prevention initiative incorporating X-Offenders to become proactive Crime Prevention Agents. The self-titled first module teaches the socialization process that people go through to become what they do.The Psychology and Sociology of PenologyThe Psychology and Sociology of Penology expounds on the dynamics of prisonization and institutionalization.The Psychology and Sociology of Re-EntryThe Psychology and Sociology of Re-Entry deciphers the contrast between re-entry and re-integration.The Psychology and Sociology of Adult Criminality and Child DelinquencyThe Psychology and Sociology of Adult Criminality and Child Delinquency breaks down the dynamics of intergenerational anti-social behaviors.The Psychology and Sociology of No-EntryThe Psychology and Sociology of No-Entry explains the unconventional methodologies of pro-active crime prevention strategies incorporating the experiences of law abiding X-Offenders to enhance crime prevention.Primary Prevention: Creating Safe EnvironmentsPrimary Prevention looks at root causes conditions and environments for ways to proactively eliminate the possibility of disease or injury. Primary Prevention attempts to serve those individuals who are not yet part of the problem and strives to build resiliency so that the problem will not develop.Secondary Prevention: Reducing RiskSecondary Prevention addresses attitudes and behaviors focusing on early identification and intervention to reverse a disease/injury process or reduce its impact.Tertiary Prevention: Managing Crisis SituationsTertiary Prevention relates to reactive efforts and intervention that corrects or treats a problem. Executive SummaryCRIME in America is as traditional as cherry pie. America incarcerates more people than any other industrialized nation. There are more African American males in prison than African American males in colleges. More than 90% of all incarcerated people are males and more than 80% of the incarcerated males in prison are minority males. More than 95% of all incarcerated people will eventually be released from prison and ultimately return back into the same communities from where they were arrested, adjudicated and convicted. The reality is that these communities will become overly concentrated with previously incarcerated repeated offenders.Nationally more than 700,000 people are released yearly from prison and more than 7 million different individuals are released each year from U.S. jails. The number of releasees from prison has increased 350% over the last 20 years.America has had a war on poverty, a war on drugs and currently a war on crime. However, America is still suffering from the systemic, endemic, epidemic and pandemic pathology of criminality.In the state of Maryland, more than 70% of the releases return to Baltimore City’s high poverty and crime, drug infested zip codes such as 21213, 21215, 21216, 21217 and 21218.Our research indicates that crime is an industry that needs to modify its focus of Public Safety in isolation and look at this pathology from a Public Health perspective which includes consumer peer mediation self help groups to resolve what the Criminal Justice System is incapable of resolving separately. F.O.X.O. has designed, developed and implemented a new model for behavioral modification, which is spearheaded by the law abiding ex-offender populations to deter, decrease and prevent recidivism.FOXO is now positioned to be a national model when it comes to reducing recidivism, crime prevention/intervention and helping X-Offenders who are experiencing the collateral damages associated with the Psychology and Sociology of Adult Criminality and Child Youth Delinquency to rebuild their life whether they are evicted from prison or homeless. It is documented that many formerly incarcerated persons that we engage do not return to their old behaviors. Brother Bey has a personal vested interest in helping this genre of folk because he has been their and done that, but has transformed his life. In other words, he was rehabilitated from a client, customer consumer perspective and has become a Consultant, Case Manager and eventually a Partner through empowerment.F.O.X.O. recruits individuals who become members for the purpose of engaging them into our comprehensive programs that change their thinking, change their behavior and change their life’s processes via The Psychology and Sociology of Criminality to enhance the quality of life of X-Offenders, their children, youth, families and the neighboring communities.Peace and Blessings!Brother Ellsworth Johnson-BeyFraternal Order of X-OffendersFounder/President

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