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The Number of Incarcerated Women Continues to Rise
April 24th 2023

The number of women heading to prison continues to rise. Until very recently, incarcerated women were outpacing men by a two-to-one margin. The drug epidemic is playing a role in sending more women to jail, with poverty and tougher penalties keep them confined for longer. More than half of incarcerated women have children at home. We look at the challenges women face in prison and once they are released. LISTEN HERE

U.S. Devotes $128 Million to Environmental Justice Projects
November 21st 2023

WASHINGTON, DC, November 1, 2023 (ENS) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced nearly $128 million to fund 186 projects across the country that advance environmental justice as part of President Joe Biden’s Investing in America agenda. This is the first in a series of environmental justice grant announcements the agency will make before the end of the year. READ MORE

South Side Home Gives Second Chance to Women Returning from Ohio Prisons
July 24th 2023

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Tucked inside an old Catholic rectory on the South Side of Columbus, women once confined to a prison cell cook dinner, watch TV and make sure the door is locked behind them before heading to work. READ MORE

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Ohio Prison Program Celebrates 76 Women Graduates Ready to Embrace Life After Release
June 10th 2023

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — Cheers, clapping and songs rang through the Ohio Reformatory for Women on Friday as the Horizon Prison Initiative celebrated 76 graduates representing different faiths, cultures, ages and prison sentences. It’s a 10-month multi-faith transformational program, helping to equip graduates with skills to have an opportunity to succeed in life after their release. READ MORE

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Franklin County Café Celebrates 1 Year as Social Enterprise. How Many Workers were Helped?
June 2nd 2023

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Entrepreneurship is in Robert Matlock IV’s blood, so watching three restaurateurs manage the café he works in is inspiring. Matlock, 32, has been working at Café Overlook on the 16th floor of the Franklin County courthouse since December. READ MORE

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Restored citizen: The Realities of Life for the Formerly Incarcerated
November 15th 2022

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — ABC6 is On Your Side is showing the realities of life for the formerly incarcerated. Our team followed a woman released from prison, to show what it looks like when starting life over and experiencing freedom for the first time in years. In two parts, ABC6 shines a spotlight on hurdles restored citizens face while seeking a second chance... READ MORE

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Franklin County Program Looks to Give Offenders a Second Chance at Life
June 29th 2022

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — Fighting for a second chance at life. A Franklin County program is giving offenders looking for a fresh start a real opportunity to get their lives back on track. READ MORE

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ReEntry Week: Columbus Woman Builds New Business, Life After Incarceration
April 26th 2022

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX) — After serving time, can there really be a clean slate? For many, the short answer is no. According to the Sentencing Project, 77 million Americans, or one in three adults, have a criminal record, with one in four having served time. More than 96% of them will be released back into the community. READ MORE

From the Inside Out
Spring 2016

Tina Cole’s life is a mess. She’s managing a restaurant and moonlighting at a bar. A week ago she became a grandmother. Right now she’s running on little sleep, lots of coffee, and a pinch of adrenaline. And it’s the middle of a very busy morning rush. READ MORE

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