Established 2003

HISTORY

GRAAFICS was first visualized in 2000 by it's Founder and Executive Director Kai Smith. While in prison, confined for 2yrs to a 6ft X 9ft punitive segregation cell, 23hrs a day for assaulting corrections officer that spit in his food. Kai decided to channel negative energy with creative writing. 


Solitary confinement is a form of imprisonment within prison. It looks like an inmate/prisoner forced to live in single cell (usually a 6ft X 9ft) with little or no meaningful contact to other inmates or in some cases daylight. It is specifically designed for extremely disruptive inmates who are security risks to other inmates, prison staff, or the prison itself. It is mostly used for extreme violations of discipline, such as murder, hostage-taking, deadly assault, stabbings, slashings, assaults on staff and/or rioting. Solitary confinement is also called: The Box. The Hole. The Bing or SHU. Solitary confinement has received severe criticism for having detrimental psychological effects and, to some extend and in some cases, constituting torture. A 2014 study found that detainees sent to solitary confinement were nearly seven times more likely to try to hurt or kill themselves.The mental harm of solitary confinement was highlighted by the Kalief Browder, who was arrested at age 16, in a case reported by The New Yorker. Browder, who spent three years on a stolen backpack charge that was later dropped, died by suicide in June 2015. With 10 months left on a 1yr solitary stint, Kai decided to channel negative energy with creative writing.  


After reading one of maybe 5 self-help books, a question was asked within one of it's chapters. 'If YOU could design an effective reentry program, what would it look like?' It took Kai 2 years to answer this question. Two years and maybe 200 writing pads (full of content) later it was time to go home ... with a plan!


The Gang Diversion, Reentry And Absent Fathers Intervention Centers, Inc. is currently and was created to serve as a ‘port-of-exit’ for those young adults genuinely interested in discontinuing negative or criminal behavior. 


GRAAFICS assist at-risk youth, current gang members, inactive gang members, the incarcerated, the formerly incarcerated, and absent fathers with successfully reforming the attitudes and behaviors that directly correlate to unhealthy decisions.  

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