NC Women’s Prison to Close


A specialized women’s facility in North Carolina is scheduled to close due to state budget cuts.  This facility, though quite small, gave female prisoners the opportunity to work and effectively prepare themselves for re-entry.  Now, the inmates will be sent to a minimum security prison where it is unlikely they will receive work release options, nor other benefits like those at the Wilmington institution.  Superintendent Laura Overstreet made the following comment: 

“I just want lives to change,” she said. “If lives don’t change, we’re wasting money, we’re wasting time. That’s what’s so tragic. It worked. Women got out of here with jobs. They got out of here with money. They had tools to succeed, and by and large they did.”

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