Creative Corrections Education Foundation (CCEF)
What: Creative Corrections Education Foundation (CCEF)
A not for profit 501 (c) (3) organization – EIN 45-4474704
State of Texas Corporation: Creative Corrections Education Foundation, Inc.
Purpose: to provide educational opportunities to disadvantaged children of incarcerated individuals through scholarships and other creative strategies, in hopes of supporting and enhancing the futures of those children who may not otherwise have other options or alternatives.
- The most recent report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) on incarcerated parents and their children, released in August 2008, found that slightly more than 1.7 million children under age 18 had a parent in state or federal prison, representing 2.3 percent of the total U.S. child population.
- The number of children with a father in prison increased from 881,500 in 1991 to more than 1.5 million in 2007, a 77 percent increase.
- During that time, the number of children with a mother in prison increased by 131 percent, from 63,900 to 147,400.
- Most prisoners had at least one child under age 18 (52 percent of state inmates and 63 percent of federal inmates).
- A large but unknown proportion of these children will engage in criminal activity. The American Correctional Association (1990) reported that up to 50% of incarcerated juveniles have a parent who has been incarcerated.
Founded: March 2012
Statement from Percy and Sununt Pitzer, founders of CCEF:
"The corrections industry has provided so much for us and for so many others and we are very grateful and privileged for that. We want to purposely preface this message by expressing gratefulness and serenity, not only in our personal lives, but also in our professional lives, and with that said Sue and I are tremendously thrilled and honored to inform our Creative Corrections family that while it is still a work in progress, we have recently established what we believe to be yet another exciting and rewarding undertaking with hopes and full intent of paying forward and giving back to this industry, but more importantly to the human aspect involved. We have created a nonprofit organization called CCEF. The idea of this organization is that it will provide educational opportunities to disadvantaged children of incarcerated individuals through scholarships and other creative strategies, in hopes of supporting and enhancing the futures of those children who may not otherwise have other options or alternatives.”
Board of Directors, 2012/2013:
Percy Pitzer, Warden (retired) -- President of the Board; Executive Vice President and COO, Creative Corrections
James Rich, Warden (retired) -- Secretary of the Board; President, Greater Beaumont Chamber of Commerce
Jeffrey Wydeven,Correctional Services Administrator (retired) -- Board Member; FEMA Disaster Assistance Employee
Stan Stojkovic, Dean and Professor of Criminal Justice in the Helen Bader School of Social Welfare at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) - Board Member
Wayne Scott, Warden (retired) -- Board Member
Headquarters: 6545 Calder Ave., Beaumont, TX 77706, Telephone: 409/861-2536, FAX: 409/861-2549
CCEF website: www.creativecorrectionseducationfoundation.org