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How to Get Back to Work

Many second chance employment opportunities involve irregular schedules outside the typical 8-hour work day. This type of work schedule tends to eliminates many women ex-offenders from the workforce because of child care commitments and conditions of release. Reentry Center for Women partners with businesses throughout the Triangle who are committed to hiring women ex-offenders and that offer a variety of flexibility.

Contact us to find out how our reentry program differs and how we can help transform your life. There are several ways to reach us.

The best way to get started in our Reentry Program is to download a New Client Intake form and email it to intake@reentrycenterforwomen.org or call our office number 919-348-9338 to schedule an appointment. Our Intake Coordinator will get you set up. If you are currently incarcerated and interested in a future appointment, we encourage you to print, fill out and mail the New Client Intake form to us: Reentry Center for Women, Attn: Outreach, PO Box 1902, Cary, NC 27512. Upon receipt, we will get in touch with you.

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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