Thanks to Portal Houston! We have implemented The Scarlet Road Project as a Re-entry program to assist women in their journey after leaving prison.

One of the most recognized practices in the social and medical fields for years have been known as the Critical time intervention (CTI).

More recently, CTI’s have been designed to reduce homelessness among people suffering from severe mental illness . In restorative justice practices it is less well defined. CTI can make a significant difference in gender-responsive reentry policy. What is the critical time for females leaving prison? The first 72 hours is the most critical for them. Women typically are rearrested and re-incarcerated faster than men in the state. The Scarlet Road Project is a 12 week program that is based on the book written by founder Dr. Toscha L. Dickerson which is titled Sisterhood: Traveling the Scarlet Road to an Authentic Life. The program is designed to assist women in defining who they are while working on goals and holding them accountable to obtain them. 

CTI for females reentering the community requires:

  • Connecting to someone they trust
  • Immediate and consistent safe housing
  • A pro-active focus on goals
  • An accountability partner 

A STRESSOUT Reentry Coach spends a minimum of six sessions with her mentee before her release, coming to understand her history and her goals for the future. Coaches collaborate with the mentee to help her to make a plan for the first year of release. The plan is broken down into timely objectives, starting with the first 30 days. This ensures a safe landing and the stability the returning citizen needs to achieve her goals. A 2014 study showed that women who were involved in their own pre-release case planning were more successful in avoiding re-offending or returning to prison . 

The Reentry Coach also acts as an advocate in the community, providing emotional support and consistent focus for her mentee, starting before her release and continuing until she lays her head on her pillow her first night out. The second day, the Coach accompanies her mentee to her first parole visit to ensure compliance, and advocate for the removal of discretionary barriers. The Coach may act as a mediator in family reconciliations. She may be the liaison to a transitional home. In cases where eligibility barriers exist to direct housing from prison, the Coach arranges the transition from shelter to residential treatment to supportive housing. We at STRESSOUT want the women to feel comfortable and supportive knowing we are there to assist and advocate for their well-being.

To become a Re-entry coach with us, please subscribe to our mailing list so you can be added to the list and notified when training will begin.