Every year an average of 700 formerly incarcerated residents return to Durham with women representing an approximately 8% of these residents. Many formerly incarcerated women seek employment opportunities after release with financial obligations both to their families as caregivers and to the justice system, including fees for probation, lawyers, andrestoration. Gainful employmentimproves the reentry experience, reduces the likelihood of recidivism, and for some women is vital to their identitiesd uring this period of adjustment. The intersection of race, socioeconomic status, and other identities may exacerbate gender inequality for justice involved women, thereby impairing their employment possibilities.
To address their unique experiences and barriers to seeking employment to increase employability in industries that have been traditionally male dominated and/or that offer full-time hours and higher pay within the Criminal Justice Resource Center
For incarcerated women in the Durham County Detention Facility to include feasible coursework in collaboration with Durham Technical Community College for post-secondary education credits