CONCORD – Janice Gould, 65, had been fulfilling a prison sentence in women’s correctional facilities since she was 34. She started at a state correctional facility in Florida, then moved to the State Prison for Women in Goffstown, then to Shea Farm Halfway House for women, in Concord.
The prospect of finishing up her sentence in April, and re-entering the world outside of prison, was a daunting one.
That is until Gould learned about Good Bridges.
“I thought it was a dream come true,” Gould said, at a Good Bridges barbecue at Shea Farm on Tuesday. “I’ve been locked up so long all my family is dead. I have a son but he doesn’t know how to help with women’s work. I was skeptical at first, but boy, am I glad I did it.”http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/923544-196/mentoring-program-helps-women-serving-time.html
Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback pushes faith mentors for state prison inmates
Topeka — Gov. Sam Brownback on Tuesday announced an expansion of his faith-based initiative, saying that he wants to match state prisoners with faith-based mentors.
Brownback has already given the green light to a new faith-based division in the state’s welfare agency.
Now, the Kansas Department of Corrections is ready to roll out Mentoring 4 Success, he said.
The state prison system will work with Prison Fellowship Ministries, Reaching Out From Within and the ecumenical Spiritual Advisors to help inmates succeed when they are released from prison, he said.