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Education: An Important Step for Incarcerated Women
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Last month Monnero Guervil from the Vera Institute of Justice interviewed Vivian Nixon, Executive Director of College and Community Fellowship, on The Importance of Education for Incarcerated Women. The College and Community Fellowship provides formally incarcerated women with support services and programs while they pursue their education. Ms. Nixon was part of a panel of formally incarcerated people who spoke last year at the National Reentry Symposium hosted by the National Institute of Corrections and the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Aurora, Colorado.

In the interview Ms. Nixon discusses how incarcerated women have higher rates of abuse, rape, childhood trauma, and poverty than their male counterparts.  In-prison education programs help students prepare for jobs upon reentry into society.  Education can give them the self-confidence to deal with the competitive job market and stay out of prison. CCF students have a recidivism rate of only 2 percent. She goes on to say that the impact of education can transcend the women themselves and help raise their children out of poverty.


Read the interview: Here


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Posted Wed, Aug 3 2016 11:19 AM by Elizabeth
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