|Tiffany Franklin addresses inmates|
Photo by Kelli Palmer
[Baton Rouge, La.] The SU Ag Center’s Second Chance to Recover (SC2R) Program provides women who are three months from release with the self- sufficiency skills they need to re-enter society. The program focuses on topics such as resiliency and optimism, anger management, job skills development, addictive behaviors and overcoming addiction.With Louisiana having the largest overall incarceration rate in the country and the third highest incarceration rate for women, programs such as Second Chance to Recover are becoming highly important. “You have to have a different mindset once you get out of here,” said Tiffany Franklin, Program Coordinator for the Second Chance to Recover program. “It can work, if you work it. Change comes from within and you have to decide to do it for yourself, “said Franklin, as she spoke to women in the SC2R Program at East Baton Rouge Parish Prison.
Franklin, along with Delores Johnson and Milissia John-Baptiste of the SU Ag Center conduct the SC2R program every Tuesday at the East Baton Rouge Parish Prison women’s facility. Together, they use a team-teaching approach to capture and maintain the attention of the inmates. The team addresses family, social, health, environmental and economic issues, which foster both outreach and research efforts that will improve the quality of life for the inmates. “You have to begin to see yourself in a different light and you have to start putting a positive light to difficult situations in your life,” said John-Baptiste.The continuation of the SC2R program will continue to afford inmates who are within 3-6 months of being released the opportunity to engage in meaningful activities to assist with their reintegration into their communities.
For additional information about the Second Chance 2 Recover Program, contact Tiffany Franklin at 225-771-2775 or firstname.lastname@example.orgWriter: Kelli Palmer, 225-771-5696 or email@example.com
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