Delivering gift bags to women at the HOC

“With the Reentry Program
working with female offenders within the HOC, we have recognized an invaluable resource. Having 
[the program] available has given the female offenders hope and something to strive for, to become 
stronger, and to use more tools to succeed.”
– Jose Hernandez, HOC Assistant Superintendent

Delivering Health & Safety kits to women in the community

Women reconnecting with themselves through yoga class.

Women create motivational artwork to inspire others
in their group room.

 Women's Reentry Program at the House of Correction (HOC) 

Supporting Women During Their Incarceration and Return to the Community

The Women’s Reentry Program is a voluntary program designed to support women while incarcerated at the Milwaukee County House of Correction and their transition back into the community. Women begin their healing journey with specially designed curricula to address trauma, substance use, and interpersonal violence. They increase their skills and self-efficacy through groups, individual sessions, and strength-based case management.

The program:
  • Assesses women’s strengths, risks, and needs and addresses central barriers facing justice involved women and assists in linking, coordinating,and making referrals during incarceration and after release. Referrals could include physical and mental health issues, substance use treatment, employment, and basic needs like legal identification, clothing, insurance, food, safe housing.
  • ​Advocates within the community and criminal justice system to create safer and healthier lives for women and their children.
For more information about the program, contact Katie Lynch, Associate Director via email at or by phone at 414.427.6049.

Intensive Case Management We provide intensive case management support for women at the House of Correction to ensure a successful re-connection to their families and
In Custody A case manager works with women 45-60 days prior to release. First, a gender-responsive assessment is provided to address women’s unique strengths, risks, and needs. Next, staff and women collaborate to create individualized reentry plans that address their goals.

Upon Release from Custody The case manager greets women as they are released from jail, transports them to services and supports in the community, and maintains frequent contact post release to address barriers women might experience in accessing services and support.

Groups and Classes:

Seeking Safety Focuses on helping women who have experienced trauma learn to use safe coping skills to deal with overwhelming, negative emotions.
Moving On Uses cognitive behavioral techniques to develop skills to build healthier relationships and make more effective choices.
Women’s Support Specifically designed for women involved in sex trade. This group helps women make informed choices, reduce harmful behaviors, and increase safety.
Parenting & Family Nurturing Focuses on the whole family, child development, and positive parenting skills for mothers, including those with custody issues.
Employment Helps participants understand employer expectations in the workplace and improve interpersonal communication skills needed to obtain and retain a job.

Trauma-Informed Yoga Utilizes alternative methods of therapy to address trauma-related symptoms and allows women to reconnect with themselves in a safe space away from the dorms.

Beyond Violence Helps women understand the relationships between thoughts, feelings and behaviors; learn new skills, including communication, conflict resolution, decision making, and calming soothing techniques; and become part of a group of women working to create a less violent world.
Life Skills Provides women with the skills and community resources that help them deal with post-release events and challenges.