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  • How do I qualify for your reentry program?
    Female ex-offenders may call our office for information or submit an inquiry via contact us to learn her eligibility for the reentry program and support services.
  • How can reentry help me?
    Our reentry program is designed to address the individual triggers which cause formerly incarcerated and justice-involved women to re-offend. Please contact our office and speak to a caseworker for additional information.
  • Are your programs for women only?
    Due to gender-specific needs of formerly incarcerated women, our reentry program is designed to address the sensitive needs of justice-involved women.
  • Do you provide interview attire?
    We make sure that you have everything you need to go on a job interview, including proper attire.
  • If I re-offend, can I still participate in your programs and receive services?
    We evaluate re-offenders on a case by case basis and rely on a number of factors to make this determination.
  • Will I need to pay for programs and services?
    Our reentry program and support services are free of charge for current clients.
  • Do you take walk-ins?
    We accept clients by appointment only. Please call our office or submit an inquiry via our contact us page to schedule an appointment.
  • How long can I stay in the reentry program?
    Our reentry program and support services are not designed with any specific time limit. Therefore, our clients are able to take full advantage of our resources for as long as necessary while participating in a highly individualized program to help her succeed.
  • Do you have a residential program?
    We do not provide housing, however we refer our clients to a local partner agency that provides housing to women recently released from prison.
  • How do your programs and services differ from those which I received while incarcerated?
    Unlike state-run reentry programs, which are are not developed for long-term success, Reentry Center for Women has an abundance of resources available to help formerly incarcerated women readjust to each aspect of post-release life. Therefore, we are able to give you the individualized attention that is necessary to become a successful mother, wife, employee, etc.
  • Do I need a referral from my parole officer to be eligible for your programs and services?
    Reentry Center for Women is different from other reentry programs in the area because we do not require a referral from your parole or probation officer.
  • If I am on probation, can I take advantage of your programs and services?
    Our programs and services are unique because they are geared toward both parolees and probationers. However, please verify whether or not out of county travel restrictions have not been placed on your community sentence.
  • Can you help me get convictions removed from my record?
    Criminal justice reform laws in North Carolina which allow for the expunction of certain convictions continue to evolve. Call us and we will explain how certain convictions can be legally removed from your criminal record.

Restoring Hope To Justice-Involved Women

Women offenders have special needs that often are not addressed during incarceration. As a result, transitioning from incarceration can be challenging and even impossible for many.

 

In 2021, there were roughly 228 women who returned to the Triangle area from state prison and in 2022, that number increased slightly to 232 (NC DPS - Office of Research & Planning, 2023). Also in 2022, there were more than 800 women serving their sentences on community probation throughout the Triangle area. Of both parolees and probationers, more than 80% were mothers of minor children and had the primary responsibility for their care prior to and following incarceration. Ex-incarcerated women are more likely than their male peers to experience higher levels of poverty, homelessness and abuse following a jail or prison term--making the post-prison transition much more difficult.

Research suggests that focusing on the differences between female and male conduits to criminality as well as applying gender-specific interventions, results in more positive outcomes. In the end, the application of specialized practices in criminal justice reform equals greater success for women ex-offenders when attempting to re-establish new pathways to society. It is also proven that the implementation of community-based, gender-responsive practices contributes to lower rates of female recidivism which in turn benefits justice-involved women, their families, the community and society as a whole.

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