For the past 200 years, the prison system in America has consisted of punishment and rehabilitation. The emphasis shifts back and forth over the years. We use punishment as a deterrent and as retribution (an eye for an eye). We use rehabilitation to prevent recidivism and to honor each person’s humanity. Today the pendulum is slowly swinging more toward rehabilitation. We foster that in every way we can.
We respect and honor the work of those who strive, either professionally or as volunteers, to help women who are in, or who have been in, our prison system realize their potential to live fulfilling lives.