Today, WPA faces greater challenges than ever before. More than 5,000 women are currently incarcerated in prisons and jails in New York State. Every year, 1,500 are released, and sent back into their communities with few social or financial resources to draw upon. Many are in poor mental and physical health, have limited education, lack job skills, and are battling substance abuse problems. They need support to reunite with their children, and live independent, healthy lives in their communities.
These women do deserve a chance. They deserve the opportunity to take responsibility for their lives, care for their children, acquire independent living skills, and secure safe, affordable housing. In fact, these women are often the best chance that their children have!
WPA provides criminal justice-involved women with the help they need to make new beginnings for themselves, and their families. Last year, WPA served approximately 2,500 women and their families. The advocacy and research activities of the Institute on Women & Criminal Justice contribute to better prospects for even more. We make a real difference—and, in joining with us, so can you.
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