I published a show a couple of months ago featuring how male ex-offenders in Montgomery County, MD transition back to society with Alisa Smedley. This week, Donna Rojas shares the significance of life and career training to women ex-offenders. You should take note Montgomery County Correctional Job Facility is a model for the United States to help ex-offenders thrive in their transition back to life. We discuss how the White House has visited their facility to see how Montgomery County job program could benefit other inmate programs.
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Donna is a Montgomery County Correctional Facility American Job Center Program Specialist. She has been featured on NPR, PBS, and the Washington Journal. She is a Human Rights Hall of Fame Nominee from the Montgomery County Department Office of Human Rights. She has received the Excellence Award from the Montgomery County Department of Correction & Rehabilitation and the Montgomery County Maryland’s Diversity Award.
Here are some highlights of our conversation:
- We discussed Former Attorney General Eric Holder’s visit to Montgomery County Correctional Facility to see and hear about what they were doing to help returning citizens from a pre-release perspective
- What tweaks have been made since it was created? They asked ex-offenders 1o years ago what was needed for their transition.
- A “One-Stop” center was placed within the facility to help ex-offenders with life and job skills
- The “life-ready” piece contain the most challenges, meeting them where they are. Ranging from highly educated to those who never completed high school
- How gender responses and differences are considered makes a difference in preparing women and men for transition
- The way we traditionally think about roles are obsolete in determining the needs for ex-offender transition
- Women ex-offender relationships has much to do with their crimes—their trauma must be addressed in the training. Sensitivity in the approach will differ from male counterparts
- Donna uses the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teams” to help with development
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