Women who are convicted of
criminal charges have different experiences than men, from the initial criminal process
all the way to imprisonment. Adapting back into the regular society is
no easy feat, and one would argue that these are arguably more challenging
than the ones that men face.
There has not yet been enough discussion over the fact that women are being
discriminated over in the workforce when they have a criminal history.
There is some reluctance over whether or not to trust someone who may
be considered a liability. This line of reasoning is likely due to ignorance,
and that is what "Hidden Voices of Courage" seeks to address.
A Different Lifestyle on the Outside
What is readily apparent is that the lifestyle while imprisoned is far
and away different from the average person's lifestyle. Imprisonment
is meant to strip a convicted person of their basic civil rights. While
these points may seem obvious, surprisingly little is done to mobilize
and improve the quality of lives for those who have paid their dues.
Returning to the life one once had prior to a criminal conviction cannot
be as simple as picking up the pieces. Women have left their children
and families, their career, and everything that was once familiar all
behind. One may become accustomed to that lifestyle that it takes a period
of adjustment to change that, and there are so few resources available,
especially for women, to smooth out that transition. The other problem
is that the outside world continues to change while life in prison stays
fairly stagnant. Not to mention that there are many who suffer from physical
and emotional abuse during imprisonment.
What "Hidden Faces of Courage" Hopes to Achieve
Rather than stigmatizing women, relegating them to the margins and ignoring
the problem, the program, "Hidden Faces of Courage" points out
that there needs to be treatment, rehabilitation, and above all else,
nurturing for the women who have been broken down by the system.
According to our attorney: "Women face unique challenges in the criminal
justice system, which makes skilled advocacy for them even more critical.
Many times women charged with crimes are the primary caregivers for their
children and are facing the terrible possibility of losing their children.
Also, many of the women that we work with have a history of physical or
sexual abuse which led them to drug abuse, which ultimately led to their
criminal behavior. We are extremely sensitive to the needs of women who
have been charged with crimes and work closely with our female clients
to achieve results that will not only help them get their lives back on
track, but will also keep them from losing their children."
For more information about "Hidden Faces of Courage," or if you
would like assistance with your criminal case, please
contact The Hammer Law Firm today. Our St. Louis criminal defense lawyers are ready to help!