Tara is only 20 years old & has already been arrested 3 times for possession of drugs & paraphernalia. She cried during her last Red Tent class, getting ready to leave jail after 7 months of confinement.
“I am so scared,” she said in a low, quiet voice. “How am I going to find a job & who is going to hire me with this kind of record?”
Tara had faithfully attended every Red Tent class we offered but now was afraid she could not keep herself together once she was released & faced the same friends she had partied with before her arrest.
In fact, 35% of the women who are incarcerated in the State of Florida return to jail within 3 months due to the lack of community programs & employment opportunities available for ex-offenders.