Messages of Gratitude
I was able to feel a sense of relief around what I’ve dealt with. I am very inspired by the facilitators I got to work with and felt confident to speak- F.B.
'HeartMath® - learning to pause and connect with my heart. Re-energize. Learning to share honestly and openly with group and instructors. Learning to sew and being creative and feeling proud of projects I made. I enjoyed the ladies that came in and shared their experience” -L.S
'HeartMath® breathing techniques, the kindness of the instructors, the active participation, and the guest speaker were all helpful and valuable.' – A.B.
By The Numbers
The effect of mass incarceration on women and girls.
750%increase in women's incarceration between 1980 and 2019. The number of incarcerated women increased by more that 700% rising from a total of 26,378 in 1980 to 222,455 in 2019.
80%of women who will go to jail this year are mothers - including 55,000 women who are pregnant when they are admitted.
1.2MLwomen are currently under supervision in the criminal justice system.
86%of women in jail have been victims of sexual violence or trauma.
63%of women in state and federal prisons have been convicted of non-violent crimes. That figure jumps to 82% for women in local jails.
1.9MLwomen released from prisons have been convicted of non-violent crimes.
281%increase in sexual victimization reports for people in prison between 2011 and 2015. And while women represented 10% of the jail population between 2009 and 2011, they represented 67% of the victims of sexual violence.
69%of women in prison and 72% of women in jail meet the diagnostic criteria for drug dependence and abuse.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”