Our Stories

Through testimonials and stories, the unique needs of formerly incarcerated women — which aren’t as frequently discussed as those of men — and their children can finally be heard.

After cycling in and out of incarceration, Katie Dixon found the barriers to reentry almost insurmountable and fell into homelessness. Then she found her place in the movement against mass incarcerati...
Like many system-impacted people, Lydia Lozano struggled to find a job because of her conviction history. But her determination has brought her out on top.
When London Croudy was arrested, she expected to be out of jail that night. After all, she was innocent. Instead, she didn't come out for 8 years, after being coerced into taking a plea bargain.
After her drug arrest, Shelley found out she was pregnant and knew she had to change her life so her son would have a chance. She was thrilled to get a dream job after prison, but once her background ...
Toni Ward's experience of prison was a little different than most people's. Due to the high-profile nature of her case, being incarcerated felt like a reprieve -- it was the outside world that felt li...
Terah Lawyer went to prison as a teenager and came home more than 15 years later as a 34-year-old woman. Today she works to advance criminal justice reform in Oakland.
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