”This month, we celebrate those who have exited the prison system and successfully reentered society and renew our commitment to providing support and resources that former inmates need to meet their responsibilities, rediscover their self worth, and benefit from the gift of a second chance.The White House Proclamation of Second Chance Month
At Stand in the Gap, we believe in second chances.
Our work with incarcerated women has made us second chance experts! 90% of women who complete the entire Women in Transition program DO NOT return to prison or jail. (According to The White House Proclamation, “5 out of 6 State prisoners are rearrested within 9 years of their release, and more than a third of former Federal prisoners will be rearrested within 5 years of their release.”)
In case you missed it, we’ve been in the news a lot over the last week. We’re sharing one of our favorite second chance stories.
This editorial from The Oklahoman wasn’t exactly about us, but it drives home a point that we finding ourselves making all the time: there’s a direct correlation between incarceration rates and kids in foster care. And that has an effect on all of us.
4,600 minor children have a mother in state prison in Oklahoma. When a mom (or dad) is in prison, “That experience is of the same magnitude as abuse, domestic violence and divorce, with a potentially lasting negative impact on a child’s well-being.”