Working Towards a Better Tomorrow

Female Developers

At A Beautiful HEART Ministries (ABHM) our work is grounded by four pillars: economic advancement, education, empowerment and wellness. Our four pillars aim to bridge the gap between communities and those who are being released from incarceration. By keeping women and girls as the central focus, we remove the shroud of indivisibility that surrounds them. By listening to them, and hearing their stories, we can also imagine other contexts and choices that, if provided, would allow them to do different things, to hope for a better future, and to be people they are capable of becoming.

The United States of America has maintained the highest incarceration rate in the world. Notable, the United States of America has maintained the HIGHEST FEMALE incarceration rate in the world. According to Prison Policy Initiative, "Of the girls confined in youth facilities, nearly 10% are held for status offenses, such  as running away, truancy, and incorrigibility."  Between 1980 and 2019, the number of incarcerated women increased by more than 700%. 

The typical American is often surprised to discover that many of the women and girls, who are warehoused in prisons, are first-time non-violent offenders serving draconian sentences for a non-violent crime, and approximately 80% of these women, and girls suffered from some form of trauma which led to their incarceration.

Consequently, even though the United States of America only consists of 5% of the world's population, it still leads the world with the largest prison population. As a result, mass incarceration is a major epidemic, with crushing consequences. Women and girls are being warehoused in prison, causing thousands of families to be destroyed, and also costing taxpayers billions of dollars each year. It is a sobering situation considering that when they are released from prison, they do not received any form of rehabilitation to address the underlying issues that led to their offense. The statistics are well known, but the true faces of women and girls imprisoned, and the injustice they encounter in the U.S judicial system are less publicized.

America is at a tipping point! The crisis of over criminalization and excessive reliance on punitive enforcement feed the problem of mass incarceration. In a time of deep political and ideological divides, the fight for criminal justice reform is more urgent than ever. As a nation, we face a choice, we can continue to spend our shrinking tax dollars on the pointless and costly incarceration of females guilty of petty crimes, or we can seek other solutions to the problems. By focusing on strategies that directly address these problems we could free up the public purse for more effective and preventative measures. 


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