While this program does not overtly or directly address ACEs, I don't think it's too far of a stretch to speculate that the increased job opportunities, decreased recidivism, and improved income potential for these women may reduce the likelihood of additional ACEs for their children.
Inmates at the Indiana Women’s Prison will soon be the first outside of California to enroll in a computer coding seminar. The Last Mile program tries to reduce recidivism and train women for a career path where they’re under-represented.
“We all need a second chance,” says MC Hammer, the musician known for “U Can’t Touch This” and a board member of The Last Mile. “This is a country of second chances and these ladies deserve a second chance.”
Jennifer Fleming has been incarcerated for six years, with about two more to serve. She is one of 14 women selected to participate in the year-long Last Mile program. While she isn’t too tech savvy, Fleming says she’s ready to learn.
“This is an incredible opportunity that’s gonna give me a set of skills, that’s gonna take me in a direction that I had not ever even considered before,” says Fleming. “I do feel like this is going to allow me to get a career and that that is going to completely change not just my life, but the life of my children too.”
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