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Full Resource Name:

Project 180

PO Box 25684
Sarasota, FL 34277-2684

(941) 677-2281


Tens of thousands of Florida prisoners are released annually and reenter our communities. Many wish to become law-abiding citizens and have the best intention of living a conventional life upon release yet most have few job skills, lack a formal education, and experience discrimination in housing and job markets because of their felony records.

As a result, they become our local statistics - the under-educated, the unskilled, the unemployed, the impoverished, the homeless. Unable to make it in the conventional world, over 60% are rearrested for a new crime within three years causing further victimization and a drain on community resources.

Project 180 will break this cycle by providing education, marketable job skill training, a 24/7 clean-and-sober living environment, an emphasis on community involvement and volunteerism, and a slow reintegration into the community. Project 180 seeks to build community, not more prisons.

Project 180, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is a reentry program for male prisoners in Florida. Our goal is to reduce the impact of repeat offenders upon public safety, public spending, Florida families and individual lives. We serve all of Florida but give preference to prisoners returning to the Twelfth Judicial Circuit (Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto Counties).


General Information


Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Intake Process:

If this sounds like a program you want and need, apply by writing to the Director at:

Project 180
PO Box 25684
Sarasota, FL 34277-2684

In your letter, please tell us:
Who you are.
Your current address.
Your approximate release date.
Your goals, however simple or complex.
What motivates you to apply at this time.
Anything else you want us to know.

Program Fees:

This program is offered at no cost to residents.


Our residents are repeat male offenders who have recently been released from prison or jail and who have stated and/or demonstrated a commitment to changing their lives.

We do not accept all applicants:
We do not accept sex offenders, individuals with a crime against or involving a child, individuals with a record or history of arson, or individuals with mental health disorders (except depression and anxiety which we consider to be normal reactions to prison life). There are no exceptions.

This is not a faith-based program.

This is a multi-racial program; all prison notions of racial segregation must be left at the prison gate.

You must be clean and sober upon entering the program. You will be tested.

This is not an easy program. You will be required to work hard, examine your deepest feelings and re-form many of your ideas about yourself: how you interact with others, how you feel about society, and the level of responsibility you're willing to take as a member of the community.

This is not a program for victims. If you think of yourself as a victim of society, you do not belong in this program.

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