Rebuilding lives; keeping women and children together
Women offenders have special needs that often are not addressed during incarceration. As a result, transitioning and reintegrating from long-term sentences, in particular, can be daunting and even impossible for many.
In 2019, there were roughly 3801 women released from state prison in North Carolina, a decrease by nearly 145 women from the previous year (NC DPS - Office of Research & Planning, 2020). Of these women, more than 80% were mothers of minor children and had the primary responsibility for their care prior to and following incarceration. In addition, ex-incarcerated women are more likely than their male counterparts to experience higher levels of poverty, homelessness and abuse immediately following a jail or prison term. Thus, making the post-prison transition much more difficult.
Research suggests that focusing on the differences between male and female pathways to criminality and applying gender-specific intervention, yield better results. Overall, the end result of these specialized practices contribute to more successful outcomes for women ex-offenders. The implementation of gender-responsive practices also help reduce female recidivism as well as the desire to become involved in the criminal justice system, which in turn benefits women and their families, the community and society as a whole.
Our mission is to provide employment opportunities to women who have been faced with incarceration and need help reintegrating into society and putting their lives back together.
Reentry Center for Women seeks to improve the quality of life for its clients while actively engaging the community to advocate for public policy change. These changes will help reduce the female prison population and ultimately keep families together.
At the heart of everything we do are our core values. We believe in doing the right thing for our community and continually emphasize our desire to improve life and increase individual motivation, while delivering programs and services with the highest standard and regard for the women who rely on us.
The United States is the world's leader in incarceration.