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    In the News: Nonprofit Gives Hope to Incarcerated Women

    This recent article describes the Pets Helping People nonprofit, which provides non-violent female offenders job training in dog grooming, boarding and other pet care services. Christy VanCleave, who knows firsthand the challenges that individuals, particularly women, face when reintegrating into society, co-founded Pets Helping People in 2009. Since 2009, over 200 women have graduated from her job training program, with an average recidivism rate of under four percent. In addition to teaching job...
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    Education: An Important Step for Incarcerated Women

    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...
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    Reentry TIPSHEETS for Women

    The series, Reentry TIPSHEETS for Women , is designed to help correctional staff and other supportive stakeholders, who are working with women during the pre-release planning process and during reentry to address their needs as they transition to the community. The TIPSHEETS are an important resource for staff to use as a component of their ongoing discussions with the woman during her reentry planning process, and as a reminder of discussions and plans that have been identified during her period...
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    A Second Chance at Recovery for Women in Wilmington, North Carolina

    This recent article from The Council of State Governments, A Second Chance at Recovery for Women in Wilmington, North Carolina , describes the Leading Into New Communities’ (LINC) residential reentry center’s RESET program. RESET, which stands for Reentry Systems of Effective Treatment.,is a six-month program, funded by a FY2014 Second Chance Act (SCA) grant, and designed specifically for women with a co-occurring substance use and mental disorder and a moderate- to high-risk of committing...
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    In the News: Ohio Seeks to Stem Spike of Women in Prison

    A recent article in The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio seeks to stem spike of women in prison , outlines how Ohio plans to move women offenders out of prisons to community programs and house arrest. Highlights from the article include: The Ohio Reformatory for Women in Marysville, which didn’t have a perimeter fence until the 1980s, is now home to more than 2,600 inmates. The explosion in the number of women incarcerated is blamed on the drug trade. “Drug possession is the No. 1 sentence for...
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    In the News: Center to Support Women Leaving Jail Signals New Day in Justice Reform

    The Utah online news site Deseret News recently published an article entitled “ Center to support women leaving jail signals new day in justice reform ,” which describes the grand opening of the CORE II facility. The 16-bed residential program serves women leaving incarceration who need support as they prepare to re-enter the community. CORE stands for Co-Occurring Re-entry and Empowerment. The CORE program is targeted at the Severely Persistently Mentally Ill (SPMI) needing high levels...
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    Register Now! Women Unbarred: Recovery and Supports for Women Involved with Criminal Justice

    Reserve a spot on your calendar on July 23, 2015 for the upcoming webinar, Women Unbarred: Recovery and Supports for Women Involved with the Criminal Justice System , the fifth webinar in the Women Matter series from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). About the webinar: This webinar centers on the unique experiences, barriers to recovery and reentry into society, that women often face during and after incarceration. Experts will address the experiences, needs...
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    Santa Maria Hostel Offers Path to Recovery for Houston Women

    This recent article from the Council of State Governments highlights the Santa Maria’s Path to Recovery Program, which received a 2013 Second Chance Act mentoring grant, and has been serving women in the Houston area since 2011. More than 370 women and their children are Path to Recovery alums, having moved through programs such as BAMBI , which is the Baby and Mother Bonding Initiative, or Women Helping Ourselves (WHO), which serves pregnant female offenders in Harris County Community Supervision...
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    New in the Library: Young Women of Color with Criminal Records

    From the Community Legal Services (CLS) of Philadelphia, Young Women of Color with Criminal Records: A Barrier to Economic Stability for Low-Income Families and Communities , presents data showing the degree to which minority women are impacted by their past criminal records. Highlighted from the report: In the past two years (2012 and 2013), CLS has provided legal assistance to 406 young people between the ages of 17 and 30 with criminal records barriers. Of these young people, 63.88% (or 260) are...
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