D.C. Program Brings Measure of Control to Lives of Female Ex-Offenders
(Washington Post) – Shaseana Jackson, 27, can’t remember the number of times she’s been arrested. More than 10. “Guns, drugs and all kind of stuff,” she said. Marijuana at 12. Later it was PCP, crack, cocaine. She tried getting help for her addiction. There was a 30-day stay at an inpatient center in February. The year before, a 90-day stay. Both times she relapsed soon after discharge. But Wednesday, Jackson took a step toward leaving her difficult past behind when she joined nine other women as the first graduates of the Women in Control Again program, which serves female offenders dealing with substance abuse and mental illness. Jackson has been drug-free for four months.