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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Ind. Gov't. - General Assembly endorses reentry program proposed by women incarcerated at the Indiana Women's Prison

From Kathy Bottorff of WTCA Plymouth, a lengthy story that begins:

The Indiana General Assembly took the unusual step Tuesday of endorsing unanimously a reentry program for women leaving prison that was conceived and developed by the women themselves. The program, Constructing Our Future, calls for women to be trained in building trades and spend time while incarcerated rehabilitating some of the thousands of abandoned homes in Indianapolis. They have spent more than two years in their public policy classes at the prison researching, studying, drafting proposals, and presenting the program to government officials and experts.

State Representative Karlee Macer (D-Indianapolis), whose district includes the Indiana Women’s Prison (IWP), introduced the Resolution [HCR 71] and spoke in favor of it. “I could not be more proud the women working hard to change their lives and to better communities upon release,” Macer said.

Rep. Macer also read statements by two of the women who have helped develop the Constructing Our Future program. A video recording of the women’s statements is available online.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on April 5, 2017 10:19 AM
Posted to Indiana Government