The 365 Foundation’s 2024 initiative for creating a commission to research the needs of incarcerated women is a commendable and much needed initiative. Understanding and addressing the unique challenges faced by incarcerated women is crucial for promoting their well-being and ensuring fair treatment within the criminal justice system.
We have found some existing efforts and research related to incarcerated women’s needs:
As we proceed with establishing this commission, we will consider collaborating with experts, advocates, and directly impacted individuals to ensure a comprehensive and informed approach. Research findings can guide evidence-based policies and practices that promote justice, rehabilitation, and support for incarcerated women.
Our Artistic Director, Sissy Welsh, aims to create an outreach to incarcerated women that will work to help them develop their voice, goals, healing, creativity, self-awareness and language through writing and poetry. Poetry will be performed by women who choose to participate. Their poetry will also be displayed on our website and social media platforms.
This summer we will launch our “Voices from the Inside” Podcast, spotlighting the many women in our local county prisons who want to share their stories and find their voice. This will also include women who work at these institutions to educate and promote compassion and understanding.