Over the past twenty-five years, the rate of women’s involvement in the criminal justice system has increased by more than 700%. However, the criminal justice system was not built to hold women and women often face additional challenges – particularly in local jails, with limited programming and services – that stem from jails and prisons not acknowledging gender differences and not providing gender-responsive services.
In addition to the services and programs available to homeless and low-income families, Community Family Life Services provides gender-responsive services to assist and overcome the unique challenges faced by women transitioning home after a period of incarceration.
These services include:
Women’s Reentry Housing Initiative provides housing for women who will be reuniting immediately with their children upon returning to the community. This unique program is designed to provide wrap-around services for women released from prison or jail within the last 90 days or are four months of being released and returning to live in DC. Through consistent case management addressing trauma, mental health and substance abuse and access to parenting and employment counseling, they are provided with a safe and stable environment to address various barriers impeding their successful reintegration into the community. For more information and program eligibility criteria, click here.
Women’s Reentry Initiative provides release planning and intensive case management to women in the community as well as while they are housed at Correctional Treatment Facility (CTF), Fairview Halfway House and Bureau of Prison so that they feel safe and are on the path to stability when return to the DC community. For more information, click here.
Emergency Services are available to reentry women Monday through Friday from 10 am – 4 pm. We offer access to computers, employment services and other services as needed.
Volunteer Opportunities designed to boost the confidence and resumes of women’s re-entry clients.
 The Sentencing Project (2015). Incarcerated Women and Girls. Retrieved from: http://www.sentencingproject. org/doc/publications/Incarcerated-Women-and-Girls.pdf