Tag Archives: Prison

Returning Home- Meet Ms. Ty’Wanda Johnson

Ms. Ty’Wanda Johnson was a participant in the Empowering Choices Jail Program at the Tuscaloosa County Jail in Tuscaloosa Al. She was an attentive student and applied the materials that she learned. She is currently participating in the Empowering Choices Alternative 2 Incarceration Community Program in Tuscaloosa . The program is a 14 week Skills enrichment program aimed to assist ex offenders in making a smooth transition back into the community.

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Report Examines Private Probation Systems Funded by Probationers – CSG Justice Center

Report Examines Private Probation Systems Funded by Probationers
Thomas Barrett, destitute and living primarily off food
stamps, was arrested in 2012 for stealing a can of
beer valued at $2 and was sentenced to probation
with Sentinel Offender Services, a for-profit firm.
Despite selling his own blood plasma twice a week to
raise money, Barrett fell more than $1,000 behind in
his payments and was jailed for failure to pay.
© 2014 Jason Blalock for Human Rights Watch

 

Over a thousand courts in several states allow private companies to oversee probation, often with little government oversight or regulation. This report from Human Rights Watch, titled: Profiting from Probation: America’s “Offender-Funded” Probation Industry, describes these privatized probation systems, which are funded primarily through fines paid by offenders, and documents cases in which probationers were jailed when they did not pay such fines. To view the report, click here.

Source

DATE: 2/24/13

PUBLISHER: Human Rights Watch

LOCATION: New York, NY

URL: http://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/reports/us0214_ForUpload_0.pdf

Woman2Woman Empowerment featured in Campus Newspaper

1998 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

1998 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

We live in Tuscaloosa Alabama. Home of the Crimson Tide Football team. Roll Tide!!! Woman2Woman Empowerment is featured in the Crimson White Newspaper for  July 31. I was more than pleased with the article. Please follow the link and let me know what you think

http://issuu.com/thecrimsonwhite/docs/07.31.13/11?e=0

Rejuvenated,Reenergize,Recommitted

Woman2Woman EmpowermentRejuvenated,Reenergize,Recommitted.

Greetings and Salutations,

I am not sure when I start using that opening but I love it. Any Who

I have titled this post Rejuvenated,Reenergize,Recommitted.

That is exactly how I  feel.  I am the founder and director of an organization called Woman2Woman Empowerment . We work with women returning to the community from incarceration. I never thought I would love this type of work, but I do. I love to see the light go on in a woman’s eyes when she realizes she can have better than she does now. I love helping them to move forward in a new direction. I love the look of accomplishment when they succeed in areas that they had previously failed. It is so rewarding. One of my dreams for this organization has been to open a empowerment house . This would be a place for them to stay when they return. The House would be a wrap around type service for them. I can see it being done here in Tuscaloosa, Al. So excited. God has been moving behind the scenes. Putting me in touch with some powerful people in reentry circles. I am so grateful and amazed.

Om May  7th 2013, we will launch the first segment of our Empowering Choices program. We will begin the aftercare support group and the mentoring program. We are actively seeking mentors who live in Tuscaloosa for the one to one portion. But we are also seeking mailbox mentors. We need people,( women for now) who would be willing to encourage an inmate that is currently incarcerated. You do not have to live in AL. You can live anywhere and participate.  No personal info(address or such) are exchanged. If you think you might be interested in such an endeavor contact the office mentoring@empoweringlivesusa.com .  We are also seeking volunteers for the office and  coordinators. Before you write us ,pray about it. It does require at least a 6 month committment.

You might read this and think that criminals deserve what they get. That is not my argument. what you might want to remember is that these women nd men will get out of jail one day. They will be moving into your neighbor hoods and cities. You should want to help get them on a path to being productive members of society. If they are not rehabilitated and redirected , they will revert back to criminal activity. Their criminal activity might just involve you. It is in the  society best interest to help them all we can. And truth be told you have a family member , a friend or some acquaintance that has a direct connection to an ex-offender.  For the protection of your stuff support the organizations and agencies that are working with reentry and rehabilitation.

God is doing great things in the earth today. Find out what He is doing and join him.