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Prison female rehabilitation/reintegration program graduates 9

Posted: Jun 07, 2018 5:09 PM Updated:

This isn't your typical graduation ceremony. They've done their time. Now, they're preparing for release back into the community. Nine ladies will leave the Department of Corrections better than when they arrived thanks to Flippin' the Script.

The 12-week group counseling session program is focused on support and soft-skill development. It's the first rehabilitation and reintegration program offered to women in the local prison.

Jezebel Quinata said, "One of the things I've learned is I was raised with negative thinking, always thinking I'm worthless. But one of the things I've learned is I am awesome." Another graduate, Yolanda Megofna, said, "I've learned I need to work on my approach and my filter - I've learned how to face employers and how to be a good employee."

Megofna added, "For me, being in here for five years and not having any skills, I'm finally getting the skills that I need before I get out."

Keilani Reyes shared the sentiment, saying, "We learned everything from communication to relationships. What I took out of here was we are valued. We add value to the community, we just need the skills." And Bianca Borja echoed the thought, saying, "Whenever I allowed myself to progress so far, I would always do something to sabotage it, and this class gave me the sledgehammer I needed to break through the barriers that held me back for so long.

"Thank you guys for believing in us."

There wasn't a dry eye in the room. The program was made possible through Fu'una Rising, an initiative to assist women in DepCor. The program was facilitated by DOC Clinical Pyschologist Dr. Patricia Taimanglo and clinical psychologist Dr. Jaylene Kent.

Group sessions covered areas including self-esteem building, good time management, good sleep habits, anger management, and more. Each of today's graduates is scheduled to be released within the year.

Quinata said, "God bless you all and may we all meet on the outside of these walls and the next time you see us we might be working business women like you all."

Congratulations graduates!

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