… so back to my recent hour-long conversation with nine female prisoners under age 22.
After traversing the pleasantries of ‘where are you from’ and ‘what do you want to be when you grow up,’ we dove into subjects such as work-related internships and apprenticeships that they wish were available to them in prison.
This was the number one request from this circle of young women.
We want to leave here having learned something, so we can find good-paying jobs when we get out, they insisted.
Earning certifications in plumbing and drywall were suggested.
Another expressed interest in day-furlough community service projects as a way to meet other people doing positive things.
(Remember in a previous post, these prisoners unanimously agreed that their unhealthy family/friend networks contributed to their getting back into trouble.)