Tuscaloosa County Detention Center Program
Classes are offered at the Tuscaloosa Jail for women currently incarcerated.
Community Aftercare Program
Programs and services offered to inmates once they are released back into the community.
Video interviews with past participants. News videos of woman2woman Empowerment events in community.
In The News/Magazines
Links to articles regarding Woman2Woman Empowerment in the newspaper and magazines
FACTS ABOUT INCARCERATION IN ALABAMA
If Alabama were a country, it would have a higher percentage of its citizens in jail than any other country in the world. According to the Prison Policy Initiative, a criminal justice think tank, 861 out of every 100,000 Alabamians are in jail. The U.S. as a whole incarcerates 716 people for every 100,000 residents, far ahead of second-place country, Cuba, which incarcerates 510 out of every 100,000 residents. Alabama is actually one of 13 states in the U.S. that has an incarceration rate higher than any country. But it’s not only the state’s total prison population that has proved costly and problematic, it’s the fact that Alabama also has the most serious prison overcrowding problem in the U.S. It’s so bad that the state could be running the risk of federal courts stepping in and ordering the haphazard release of thousands of prisoners.
Why do so many ex-offenders become repeat offenders? Statistics compiled by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts in Washington D.C., indicate that ex-offender employment is a critical factor in whether recently released federal inmates are successful. Of the 262,000 federal prisoners that were released from federal prison between calendar years 2002-2006, 50% of those who could not secure any employment during the time of their supervised release (generally two-to-five years) committed a new crime or violated the terms of their release and were sent back to prison. However, an astonishing 93% of those who were able to secure employment during the entirety of their supervised release were able to successfully reintegrate back into society and not return to prison.
In fiscal year 2013, 40 percent of Alabama’s admissions to prison were violators of parole or probation, many for “technical” reasons such as missing an appointment with an officer, according to data compiled by the Council of State Governments.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics there are currently 2.3 million people incarcerated in prisons and jails across America. Approximately 30,000 of those inmates are incarcerated in the State of Alabama. Nationally, 97% of the offenders in jail today will be released and then return to the communities from which they came. Statistics show that 30% of adult offenders released from state prisons are re-arrested within the first six months of their release. Even worse, within three years of their release from prison this increases to 67%, or two out of three, ex-offenders returning to prison.* Sadly, revocations are the fastest growing category of prison admissions. Parole violators now account for 35% of new prison admissions as compared to only 17% in 1980.**