Sharing Our Stories to Reclaim Our Lives:
Understanding the Trauma-to-Prison Pipeline for
Women and Girls
Correctional Treatment Facility
(DC Jail for Women)
Mayor's Office on Returning Citizen's Affairs (MORCA)
April 12, 2017
Sharing Our Stories to Reclaim Our Lives: Understanding the Journey on the Trauma-to-Prison Pipeline for Women and Girls is a writing project offered in the DC jail & for justice-involved women in the community. The purpose of the writing program is to engage women and girls who are currently or formerly incarcerated to begin tracing their history of surviving trauma and the the connection with incarceration through writing short stories about their lives before, during and post incarcerateion. This program is also available to be replicated in jails and prisons throughout the USA. Trainings are available and conducted by Who Speaks for Me? Board and Volunteers for criminal justice reform organizations and other stakeholders to implement the project beyond Washington, DC. in their local jails, prisons and communities for justice-involved women and girls.
The Inaugural Program for the reading and writing group started on April 12, 2017 on the Residential and Substance Abuse Treatment (RSAT) Unit for women at the D.C. Jail. Things have been going well and it is a 16 week program. We hit a glitch when the jail went on lock down and each person detained was searched and several of the journals donated were thrown away. We put out a call for more journals and books on Facebook and we received many. We will continue to be in need of materials for the project at the jail which will expand to other units as this program is not funded by the DOC and depends on volunteers, in-kind donations and financial support. However, the women who lost their journals were devastated and those that did not were upset as well. When they received new journals and books and stickers we asked them how it made them feel to know that people they did not know cared about them and made donations. Some of the women wrote thank you letters. Please see below.
We are in need of Books, Writing Materials, Journals and Pens. To Donate Please Visit Our Amazon Wish List Page.