The Women’s Prison Ministry provides higher education for women incarcerated at the Indiana Women’s Prison, to tap their potential in understanding and solving important problems facing our communities, and to improve theirs and their families’ chances of success upon their release from prison. Educational programs have been proven to reduce recidivism. Education is a win/win benefiting both the participants and Indiana taxpayers. Volunteer teachers and tutors (especially for math and Spanish!) are welcome.
This program focuses on educational opportunities while in prison and housing options upon release. Our students can enroll in college, pre-college and post-college courses that are taught by volunteer faculty at the prison, which is located on the west side of Indianapolis. The students are currently working on a proposal to provide instruction in building trades and horticulture at the prison. Graduates of those programs would spend their final year in prison helping to rehabilitate some of the 7,000 abandoned homes in Indianapolis, and through their sweat equity, earn a home (with mortgage) where they are their families can live upon release.
It is our desire that women will leave prison with a new future story including education &/or housing.
Slate Magazine published a very nice article about our students at the Indiana Women’s Prison. Click here to read the article.
Kelsey Kauffman wrote about the recent victory against lethal injection with the American Pharmacists Association in the Gobin newsletter. If you haven’t read it yet, please take a look and spread the news!