Ardella’s House helps women assess their strengths and needs while guiding them as they think about their goals and how to reach them. Development of each woman’s service plan includes an assessment of immediate needs and her history and goals related to livelihood, housing, health and well being, family reunification, and criminal justice compliance.

A Few Facts that Prove Women’s Prison Is More Horrifying Than It Looks:

Many prisons do not have policies unique to women, and apply a universal system of screening and assessment to both men and women

This lack of unique standards for female offenders often leads to higher risk classifications for women, which makes reentering society even more difficult.

Recidivism in women is often related to a lack of services and support system after they leave prison.

Even so, recidivism rates for women are much lower than for men. Despite lower recidivism rates, risk classifications for women leaving prisons are overestimate their danger to society, leading to difficulty getting housing and custody of children. The absence of any support system to assist women to reenter society after incarceration often leads to reoffending.

Transitioning back into society is more of a challenge for women.

There are very few resources for mothers after they leave prison. The children of female offenders are five times more likely to be imprisoned. The absence of a primary caregiver leads many children of imprisoned women to substance abuse and criminal behavior.