Resolana, a program of Volunteers of America Texas, provides gender-specific programming to female offenders, beginning inside the Dallas County Jail and continuing through re-entry into the community. Our goals are to increase readiness for change on the inside, to increase use of existing community resources on the outside and to reduce recidivism.
Change Can Begin During Incarceration
It’s easy to take the path of least resistance while in jail, spending time sleeping or watching television. Resolana clients plan for their release while addressing the root causes of their incarceration, often addiction and trauma.
- The rate of female incarceration is increasing at twice the rate of men; an increase primarily associated with poverty and drug use.
- A majority of incarcerated women are victims of violence, sexual abuse and corresponding trauma.
- Most incarcerated women are mothers who live with multiple minor children, children who are 8-10 times more likely than their peers to end up in jail or prison themselves.
“Resolana gives women the tools to use their time in the Dallas County Jail productively, with the goal of making it their last stint in custody.” ~ Dallas County Sherriff Lupe Valdez