The Department of Justice Bureau of Statistics recently reported that nearly 68% of prisoners are re-arrested within three years of leaving prison. Why? In Alabama, women released from prison are given $10, a white t-shirt, and a one-way bus ticket back to the same county of their conviction. The Justice System does not have a transitional program that helps women re-enter society.
Tutwiler Women's Facility was designed for a capacity of 400. As of November 2016, Tutwiler's population is 975 women! The need for residential rehabilitation and community transitional programs has become great.
The Christian Post has reported that participants of faith-based initiatives show drastically lower recidivism (when those who exit prison return) to rates-as low as 15%.
In 2016, Miss Brenda received a call from Warden Steve Watson of the Alabama Department of Corrections to inform us that The Lovelady Center was partially responsible for a decrease in the recidivism rate across our state. While the Center focuses directly on working with women inmates, our success has lowered the rate for both men and women.
It is our most sincere desire to help these women free themselves from the bond of incarceration. If you consider the number of women who have come to us from Tutwiler Prison since 2010 under the current SRP program, using The Alabama Department of Correction's own financial data (showing the difference in cost per day between a woman incarcerated at Tutwiler versus being in an SRP program), we have saved the state over $3,400,000. And when you couple that with a recidivism rate being in the single digits for the prisoners who complete our program, then the monetary and societal savings go much higher.
ALABAMA PUBLIC SAFETY AND SENTENCING COALITION Consensus Report has some staggering "bold text" statements which parallel the message we are trying to convey. The report is located at:
Women who are released from prison face the challenges of finding long-term employment, housing, transportation, basic utility payments, adequate childcare, and more. The Lovelady Center provides tools for women to enter society as productive and esteemed individuals, and provides access to continue education. Families are given the tools for success in their own lives. Likewise, communities benefit from the increase of individual families. Your support helps us unlock the dreams and opportunities for many women and children who are seeking to change their lives. Please help us keep the doors open and opportunities abounding through volunteering of your time, the remembrance of our ministry in your prayers, the donation of any goods as well as gently used, unneeded items to the Lovelady Thrift Stores, and of course, your financial support.
Partner with us in the transformation of broken lives.
Thank you for keeping dreams alive!