Healing Through and Beyond the Bars

Louise Bauschard, Women Embracing Feedom Together
Lora C. Wetzel, Women Embracing Feedom Together

ABSTRACT
Women Embracing Freedom Together (WEFT) is a non-profit grassroots organization that emerged from classes taught through the Women's Studies Department of Portland State University. Today, WEFT is operating several transition houses to assist former women prisoners reintegrate back into their families and into society. This paper addresses the problems and successes of healing through and beyond the bars. At the heart of the WEFT program rests the philosophy that formerly incarcerated women are the real leaders of criminal justice reform. Because of their personal eperience as prisoners and defendants they are best suited to provide services to women making the transition from prison and doing time to mainstream society.

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Updated 05/20/2006