According to the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, 80% of incarcerated Canadian women are jailed for poverty-related crimes, 39% of which are for failure to pay a fine.
The Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary’s Prison Community Outreach Program assists women during their incarceration and as they transition back to the community upon release. Bail support is also integral to the Prison Community Outreach Program. We offers assistance to women with bail needs of less than $500 for lesser crimes.
“I’m so thankful for the wonderful support I have received from the Elizabeth Fry Society. I was in great need and now I am growing strong.”
– EFry Client
While in prison, women are provided with support to manage incarceration constructively and to develop a release plan. Our Unlocking New Levels of Capability and Knowledge (U.N.L.O.C.K.) Functional Skills Program in the community and at the Calgary Remand Centre are examples of the on-the-ground group programming we provide in these circumstances.
programming we provide in these circumstances. The U.N.L.O.C.K. Program is focused on the enhancement of functional skills to enrich personal development. Indigenous supports are provided to women through access to a female elder and cultural activities that are permitted in the prison system.
Upon release, Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary case managers assist women through intensified case management supports. These supports address the core issues behind their incarceration in order to increase their opportunity for stabilization within our community.
We focus on addressing the issues associated with intergenerational trauma, offering a variety of resources and supports to enable Indigenous and non-Indigenous women to begin the healing process. Women have access to traditional, spiritual and cultural activities that contribute to their path of healing and wellness.