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”

The Parole Problem In Las Vegas

Getting A State License for a Transitional Living Facility (TLF)

By: Cassandra Hein

On January 22nd, 2017, Sean Whaley of the Nevada Review Journal reported that Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval is ‘pursuing creative solutions to a potential prison overcrowding challenge…including $2.7 million in funds’.  The article reveals that ‘Nevada has the fewest parole releases to the community per-inmate population in the country.’  I commend the governor for taking action to solve the transitional problem in the state of Nevada.  Continue reading “The Parole Problem In Las Vegas”