People leaving Canadian prisons are frequently isolated from caring supports. They often struggle to form trusting relationships and are stigmatized by society. Combined with the stress of poverty, low self-esteem, minimal education, low employability, and problems reuniting with their children, they are vulnerable to returning to old lifestyles.
CJI’s Stride programs helps women and gender diverse people in prison build informal networks of support that assist them as they reintegrate back to the community. We also prepare the community to receive them safely and supportively.