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Programs for Female Offenders

The 2006 Hawaii State Legislature mandated through Hawaii Revised Statutes §367D-2 that the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation foster a gender responsive environment by providing model gender-responsive programs for female offenders that are responsive to statewide needs and geographical areas and award contracts for programs subject to funding by the Legislature. The gender-responsive environment and programs were to:

  1. Respond in a rehabilitative way to the type of offense female offenders generally commit and address pathways to crime;
  2. Respond to the problems of female offenders with dependent children;
  3. Respond to the importance of developing self-determination through independent living and marketable job skills;
  4. Assist female offenders in overcoming their own extreme degree of dependency by developing and fostering strong and healthy relationships without losing self- esteem;
  5. Respond appropriately to the specific health care needs of women, including but not limited to mental health and substance abuse services;
  6. Offer transitional support for female offenders and their families to promote successful reentry into their families and communities; and
  7. Offer technical assistance and training toward the implementation of other similar programs.

In response to §367D-2, the DCR provides the following programs for female offenders:

Education Programs:

  • Adult Basic Education/High School Equivalency Preparation
  • Essential Education Web-based Software
  • GED and/or HiSET – HSE Prep and Testing
  • Windward Community College – 2nd Chance Pell Grant

Other Programs:

  • Domestic Violence Intervention, Domestic Violence Anger Management, Victim Support Services
  • Cognitive Skills-Transformation CBT
  • Cognitive Skills-Lifestiles
  • Try Think
  • Project NAM
  • Yoga
  • Cultural Healing & Well Being
  • Pre-Transition Program
  • Total Life Recovery – TLR
  • Incarcerated Veteran’s Program

Substance Abuse Treatment:

  • Ke Alaula: Breaking a New Dawn – Residential Treatment
  • Intensive Outpatient Treatment
  • Outpatient Treatment
  • Continuing Treatment Care
  • Narcotics Anonymous – NA

Sex Offender Treatment:

  • Sex Offender Treatment

Career Technical Training:

  • Culinary Arts
  • Food Safety & Certification
  • Carpentry Apprenticeship
  • Pre-Employment / Job Readiness
  • Aztec Life Skills

Family Unification Programs:

  • Parenting After Violence
  • Family Education & Therapy
  • Read-To-Me International
  • Kids Day Events

Furlough Programs:

  • YWCA Fernhurst Furlough (Oahu)
  • Project Bridge Furlough (Oahu)
  • Clean and Sober Housing (Oahu)
  • Furlough Program (Maui)
  • Lifetime Stand (Kauai)
  • Hale Nani Furlough (Big Island)