Dismas Charities Orlando Residents Screen The If Project


In late September, Orlando staff and residents were invited to attend a screening of the award winning documentary The If Project which increases awareness of issues affecting incarcerated women and our communities nationwide. According to one statistic, women are the fastest growing segment of the incarcerated population, increasing at nearly double the rate of men since 1985. The If Project explores the reasons behind these staggering numbers by following the projects co-founder, a compassionate Seattle Detective named Kim Bogucki and the writing workshop she created with a group of inmates at Washington Corrections Center for Women where she asks prisoners to ponder the choices that led them to end up behind bars by posing the question: “If there was something someone could have said or done that would have changed the path that led you here, what would it have been?” In addition to the more than 3,000 inmates who have participated, the project now pairs prisoners with mentors who guide them through their first year of reentry after prison. Above Orlando Counselor Jasmine Brown (center) accompanies the residents to the viewing.

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