In the decade between 2006 and 2016 the number of incarcerated women in Arkansas prisons increased by 70%.

Arkansas' overall recidivism rate is 56%. That means over half the people released from prisons in our state, return in 3 years.

While an inmate in McPherson prison, Lindsey worked in Intake where prisoners are admitted and discharged. She would see women leave hopeful for their future only to return in a month or two. ''I started to believe deep down that once you come to prison, it's impossible to stay out.''

In the last year, Hope Rises has served almost 200 women in our jail, prison, and residential programs.

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