“The men at SHIELD Ministries have an overall lower recidivism rate and are more compliant with treatment and probation parameters than the average offender in Charleston County (as well as the Tri-County Area).”

~ Dr. William Burke, Ph.D., Director of Southeastern Assessments, Clinical Director of the MUSC/SEA SO Treatment Program


Recidivism Rate of Shield Ministries Program Graduates for 2018  was 1.3%.



Recidivism Rate of Shield Ministries Program Admits for 2018 was 17.5%.



The National Institute of Justice reports: that National Statistics on Recidivism:

"Forty-four percent of released prisoners were arrested during the first year following release."*



98% of the Men who enter the program only have the clothes on their back.  Through the Crisis Stabilization process men typically begin working at one of the four nearby temporary employment agencies by day three of the program.

Estimated Economic impact for 2018 was based on the following:

1. Prison cost savings (2019 $70.78 per prisoner per day)

     a. $64.96 per prisoner per day -2018

2. Men's Wages

Their wages provide the resources to pay (if applicable)

     a. child support

     b. restitution

     c. probation fees

     d. ankle monitor fees

     c. registry fees

     d. court ordered counseling fees

     e. Program fees

     f. Purchasing power


Unrealized impacts for various state, county, and federal agencies are savings of time in referring men to the Shield Ministries Program.  Many of these referrals require approved addresses in which options are extremely scarce.

Numerous studies has shown that ex-offenders who are able to secure employment are less likely to be re-arrested. "Over 10,000 prisoners are released from jail every week in the United States, according to the Department of Justice. Two-thirds are rearrested within three years. Academics have looked at numerous factors that may explain this recidivism rate. An academic study worth reading: “Local Labor Markets and Criminal Recidivism,” published by the Journal of Public Economics in December, 2016."

crisis stablization

“The majority of the men who enter Shield Ministries only enter with the clothes on their back.  During the check-in process, the men are given pillows, blankets, sheets, hygience packets are are able to select food from our food pantry.  

Shield Ministries parnters with Lowcountry Food Bank and receives generous donations from the food overflow in which Delancy Street (SC Strong) contributes.


Meals Provided



Hygiene Packets Given Out



Bedding Packs Issued



Trips to Agencies

Men to receive Support Services


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