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  • Average age in four county area is 25 years
  • Define Class 1 & Class 2 misconducts here
  • Assessment of the basic life areas: subsistence/livelihood; family/relationships; health/society; and criminal justice/compliance
  • Rita's House Inc.

    1. 1. Empowering imprisoned women to become confident and responsible individuals who will successfully reintegrate into society.
    2. 2. What is the Need? <ul><li>More than 30,000 people are held in county prisons or jails in Pennsylvania </li></ul><ul><li>Over 90 percent of the inmates incarcerated in PA state prisons will eventually be returned to the community </li></ul><ul><li>National recidivism rate for women is 58% </li></ul><ul><li>In our area, recidivism rate is 30% </li></ul><ul><li>65 counties face serious overcrowding problems </li></ul><ul><li>12 county jails – over 15% of the total in the state – were built in the 1800s </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is the cost? <ul><ul><li>Montour County – $52/day (housed 43 women in 2008) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Northumberland County – $31.76/day (30 women housed in January, 2009) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Snyder County – $55.18/day (15 women housed in January, 2009) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Union County – $72/day (housed 3 women in Snyder County) </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. State Correctional Institutions for Women <ul><li>Cambridge Springs (northwest PA) </li></ul><ul><li>Muncy (central PA) </li></ul>
    5. 5. Who are these women? <ul><li>Young, poor, under-educated (average age 25) </li></ul><ul><li>Single mothers (66% have children under age 18) </li></ul><ul><li>Non-violent offenders (forgery, stealing) </li></ul><ul><li>Substance abusers </li></ul><ul><li>Psychiatrically troubled </li></ul><ul><li>Physical and sexual abuse victims </li></ul>
    6. 6. What are their offenses? <ul><li>Up to 80% have severe, long-standing substance abuse problems </li></ul><ul><li>21% are drug violators </li></ul><ul><li>54% have used illicit drugs in the month prior to their crimes </li></ul><ul><li>48% were under the influence of either alcohol or another drug when they committed their crime </li></ul>
    7. 7. The Solution – Rita’s House, Inc. <ul><li>Rita’s House, Inc. is a non-profit corporation organized under the non-profit laws of Pennsylvania </li></ul><ul><li>Rita’s House will soon be recognized as a 501(c)(3) entity by the Internal Revenue Service </li></ul><ul><li>Rita’s House will operate under contract with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections for services for women offenders who are transitioning from state and local prisons into local communities </li></ul>
    8. 8. Rita’s House, Inc. Vision <ul><li>To empower imprisoned women to become confident and responsible individuals who will successfully </li></ul><ul><li>reintegrate into our </li></ul><ul><li>communities and society </li></ul>
    9. 9. Rita’s House, Inc. Mission <ul><li>To provide a transitional home where imprisoned and paroled women can live in a structured environment that offers programs which meet individualized needs guided by educated professionals and volunteers </li></ul>
    10. 10. How will it work? <ul><li>PA DOC refers women to community </li></ul><ul><li>corrections (transitional homes) through: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-release </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Within 1 year of release & served at least ½ minimum sentence </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No misconducts and recommendation of prison staff </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parole </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No other home plan </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>State Intermediate Punishment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Flat 2-year sentence </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>6 mos. in prison, 6 mos. in rehab, 6 mos. in transitional home, 6 mos. supervised at home </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Half-way Back </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Parolees with technical violation (lost employment, moved without permission) – no new crime </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Back on Track Outside </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Parolees with technical violation who need more structure – no new crime </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>12 wks. in prison, 12 wks. in transitional home </li></ul></ul></ul>
    11. 11. How will it work? <ul><li>Perform an Initial Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Develop a Case Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Implement Treatment Plans/Goal Action Steps </li></ul><ul><li>Conduct Programming </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Long-term economic self-sufficiency </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Basic life skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GED or college work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Parenting skills </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Physical wellness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Substance abuse treatment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mental health referrals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community Service </li></ul></ul>
    12. 12. What do we hope to achieve? <ul><li>Provide an environment for pre-release women to focus on treatment and building healthy and respectful relationships </li></ul><ul><li>Reunite healthy women with their families/ children </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in identifying a network of community-based resources for post-release </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce the recidivism rate </li></ul><ul><li>Reduce the cost to our communities and state </li></ul><ul><li>Assist in achieving gainful employment </li></ul>
    13. 13. How can you help? <ul><li>Become educated about the need </li></ul><ul><li>Share accurate information about Rita’s House with other community members </li></ul><ul><li>Volunteer your services and talents </li></ul><ul><li>Provide resources to aid in the purchase and restoration of Rita’s House </li></ul><ul><li>Consider hiring a Rita’s House graduate </li></ul>
    14. 14. Who was Rita? Rita Wisniewski was one of the founders’ great-aunt and a woman whose heart was in helping others
    15. 15. Rita’s House, Inc. P.O. Box 530 Lewisburg, PA 17837 [email_address]