For the young women being held in custody at Rikers Island, every day is a struggle.
The correctional system was designed with typical male behaviors and pathologies in mind, which ignores the unique experiences of women in custody. Girls and young women face a unique set of challenges:
80% of incarcerated women are mothers.
- Criminal experiences of women must be understood against a backdrop of various unhealthy relationships, so it is more imperative that women establish economic independence upon leaving custody.
- Women are more likely to suffer from economic hardship, lower educational attainment, fewer vocational skills, underemployment and employment stability.
This year, our #GivingTuesday campaign will support Friends of Island Academy's effort to get girls and young women out of custody for good. All funds will support Makeba's Project--our organization's initiative to connect young women leaving custody with opportunities for educational and professional advancement.
With your support, we can give girls in custody the strength to greet the next day with hope. With the support of an army of stakeholders, we can keep these young women out of custody for good.
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