Encouraging and Supporting formerly Incarcerated women through Academics
The Louisiana Prison Education Coalition started the Women FIRST Clinic in 2016. It provides classes for formerly incarcerated women to pursue educational goals. The clinic also provides transportation, childcare, dinner, and individual tutoring, as well as, professional and personal mentorship.
Helping Women dress for the future they envision
The Closet is a new resource center for women transitioning back into their community following incarceration. There are clothes, shoes, and accessories in this space free of charge for formerly incarcerated women. In addition, The Closet has some laptops that can be used by women to help with the job search, used to find resources for housing, education, or any other needs.
Empowering Incarcerated women through Education
In 2018 OR, in partnership with Tulane University, began offering college level courses to women incarcerated at LCIW. The first cohort has 19 women who are currently enrolled in an English course with a focus on Women and the Law. This program is expected to expand to 5 classes a year by 2020.
What About Her?
Creating a platform for the underrepresented to share their experiences
What About Her is a new radio program airing on 102.3 WHIV Thursdays from 5:30-6:30. The program is centered around giving underrepresented populations and women a platform to share their experiences, particularly in regards to criminal justice.
INSIDE VOICES NOLA
Empowering incarcerated people through writing
Inside Voices NOLA is a creative writing class and publication that features the voices of incarcerated writers. The first volume of this series is a collection of pieces written by students who are incarcerated in the Warren McDaniels Transitional Workforce Center who participated in a class offered through Delgado Community College. The writing was developed through a series of creative writing workshops lead by graduate students in the University of New Orleans Creative Writing Program.