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New Texas prison program aims to help women leave the system with jobs waiting for them

A trauma-informed reentry program was unveiled after the Texas Department of Criminal Justice received criticism for a lack of growth opportunities for women.

Patricia Ryan teaches a classroom of female inmates inside the Mountain View prison in Gatesville as part of the STRIVE (Strength Through Restorations, Independence, Vision and Empowerment) reentry program on Sept. 19, 2019.
Candice Diaz looks at job postings online in the STRIVE computer lab. She hopes to find an office job to support her three children when she is released from prison in December.
Sylvia Rice listens to her teacher in her trauma-informed class. After being in prison for more than two decades, she is now learning basic computer skills.

More than a number

Living area for students in the STRIVE Reentry program inside Mountain View prison in Gatesville on Sept. 19, 2019.
Living area for students in the STRIVE Reentry program inside Mountain View prison in Gatesville on Sept. 19, 2019.
Women receive career training and internet access as part of the STRIVE reentry program inside the Mountain View prison in Gatesville on Sept. 19, 2019.

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