Rebuilding lives; keeping women and children together

Women offenders have special needs that often are not addressed during incarceration.


Because of their overwhelming needs, transitioning and reintegrating from long-term sentences in particular can be daunting for women ex-offenders. In 2018, there were roughly 3,946 women released from state prison in North Carolina, an increase by nearly 445 women from the previous year (NC DPS - Office of Research & Planning, 2018). More than 80% were mothers of minor children and had the primary responsibility for their care prior to and following incarceration. Also, women are more likely than men to experience higher levels of poverty, homelessness and abuse immediately preceding 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, these 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

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.

Our Vision

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.

Our Values

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.

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4030 Wake Forest Road

Suite 300
Raleigh, NC 27609

PO Box 1002

Cary, NC 27512


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