Jamie is FREE

And we’ve had an amazing couple of weeks catching up with loved ones and moving our project forward!! Jamie was able to go back to San Francisco to acquire her medication. She is now back in Las Vegas to begin the process of her interstate compact, which will ultimately get her back to Cali. In the meantime, we are committed to keeping our home and project going!

We met with the Nevada Department of Corrections yesterday and we are WORKING TOGETHER to keep After Orange: Halfway Home going. Partnering with the local and state government is a key solution to transforming the prison culture in our country and we are SO EXCITED to partner with the state and create solutions together!! It will still take time to submit contracts and take the next steps to get funding for our home…that’s where you come in!! If you’ve thought about sharing or contributing to our campaign, now is the time!! We are so close to being self sufficient and any help we get right now will help us stay afloat until we can solidify this partnership. Please help spread the word and keep After Orange: Halfway Home alive and thriving!! THANK YOU for all of your support!! We couldn’t do this without you!!

https://www.gofundme.com/after-orange-halfway-home

Reaching for the Horizon…

In a speech to a group of Hope for Prisoners graduates, Attorney General Adam Laxalt discussed the value of partnerships between government agencies and transitional service providers. Hope for Prisoners has successfully followed this approach for many years. They inspired me to do the same when I created After Orange: Halfway Home.

Over the past several months, I’ve found myself questioning whether this approach is realistic for our facility. With all the obstacles we’ve encountered, I couldn’t help but wonder if the state of Nevada even cared about transitional housing. I’m now pleasantly surprised to say that, throughout the course of the past week, some of my faith in the government has been restored.  Continue reading “Reaching for the Horizon…”

Should We Go Big Or Go Home?

After CBS – Action News 8 Las Vegas – aired their story last week about our halfway home, we’ve been experiencing some major push-back from the state of Nevada.

The night this story aired, Nevada Department of Parole and Probations emailed their parole officers stating that all ex-offenders on paper MUST be in a Licensed Transitional Facility (LTF).

Now, if we do not get a state license, the women will be forced to leave our home by July 1st, 2017. Continue reading “Should We Go Big Or Go Home?”

CBS Investigates: Bureaucratic Red Tape

Vanessa Murphy with CBS Action News 8 investigates our home and the parole problem in Las Vegas.  Continue reading “CBS Investigates: Bureaucratic Red Tape”

Finding Forgiveness

By Samantha Elwell

Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
– Colossians 3:13 NIV

As District Attorney Steven B. Wolfson said at my graduation from HOPE for Prisoners, “we all make mistakes”. I have definitely made a few in my life and by the grace of God I was saved by Reno Police department and sent to prison at FMWCC. Continue reading “Finding Forgiveness”

What Do Female Prisoners Want Most?

By Cassandra Hein

To celebrate International Women’s Day, my sister Jamie and I partnered with Holliday Health Group to conduct a survey at Florence McClure Women’s Correctional Center (FMWCC).  We wanted to see what was most important to female prisoners, as they are often ignored by our society.  Continue reading “What Do Female Prisoners Want Most?”

After Orange: Halfway Home

By Cassandra Hein

After Orange: Halfway Home is a transitional home for women getting out of prison and jail in Las Vegas, Nevada. http://www.afterorange.org/

My sister Jamie and I grew up in a loving home with loving parents. We weren’t exposed to the judicial system throughout our childhood. When Jamie was sentenced to 10-25 years in prison, we had no idea what to expect. Continue reading “After Orange: Halfway Home”