Community Outreach Programs
Women In Prison

Success Inside and Out provides support and assistance through workshops and resources to women in prison as they prepare for their transition back into the community. The program also brings together judges, attorneys and other professionals to assist in areas of need in their communities during these periods of transition.

ALASKA

The first Success Inside and Out was presented at Hiland Mountain Correctional Center in November, 2006 and the second in October, 2007. Success Inside and Out was developed under the guidance of then Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe and a steering committee comprised of 22 women leaders and judges. Success Inside and Out is a national program. The Hiland Conference’s goals are to:

• Provide mentorship and support for women in prison who are within one year or less of release;

• Provide women prisoners with information about resources available to them upon release; and

• Provide an opportunity for women judges and other women professionals to participate in a program within the prison, observe the prison environment, and become acquainted with correctional officials.

Below are links to planning and communications resources:

Agenda from a Hiland Mountain Correctional Center Pre-Release Conference

Success Inside & Out Conference Planning and Implementation Guide

Hiland Re-entry Conference Brochure

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA

Women at the Las Colinas Detention and Reentry Facility in Santee are exploring ways to transition from living behind bars to becoming community members. Six months prior to their release, NAWJ members in collaboration with the Sheriff's Department's and associated community partners hold workshops to help  women transition back into society. These reentry programs’ goals are to help inmates gain self-awareness of the dynamics that influence their behavior so they can make conscious choices that could break cycles of dysfunction which lead to repeat incarcerations, lessen crime, and enhance public safety.

Comprehensive information about San Diego’s Success Inside & Out’s programs, resources, workshops, and a video on the program may be found on their website here:

Success Inside and Out San Diego

MARYLAND: WOMEN MOVING FORWARD PRE-RELEASE CONFERENCE

The first Women Moving Forward (WMF) Pre-Release Conference was held in partnership with the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women (MCIW) in the Fall of 2008, and continues to be held annually. The conference was initiated by the NAWJ.

The goal of the conference is to provide women who are within 6 to 9 months of release with resources and information necessary to support their successful return to the community. Resources include workshops on a variety of topics such as housing and home ownership, money and credit management, obtaining medical insurance, educational opportunities, family reunification, reentry mediation services, coping with trauma, substance abuse, and mental health concerns, yoga, meditation, and dealing with post-release legal issues, avoiding gangs, and tips on successfully navigating parole and probation requirements. Workshop topics also include skill building in parenting, anger management, positive thinking, and employment preparation including resume writing, job retention enhancement skills, and interviews with employers ready to hire upon the participant's release.

In addition to workshops, the conference includes a keynote and/or motivational speaker, a plenary session of formerly incarcerated women who have successfully transitioned home, a business attire fashion show, lunch, and a resource fair.

The WMF seeks to provide participants with a true conference experience – including the provision of conference bags containing a copy of the conference program, a t-shirt, a journal, and other assorted items such as a calendar, toiletries and other items donated by our partners and sponsors. In 2011, for the first time, in lieu of a t-shirt, we will be providing participants with a USB flash drive with various resources materials pre-loaded onto the flash drive including a resume template, medical insurance application, and information on other community services.

Comprehensive information about Maryland’s Women Moving Forward Reentry Conference and its resources may be found on their website here:

Women Moving Forward

Conference programs for each year are available here

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