To kick-off Mother's Day weekend, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today at 3:00 p.m. will speak at the District of Columbia Department of Corrections (1901 E St. SE) to female inmates in the Adjust Our Attitude Training Program, and hear poetry and songs that are part of their rehabilitation program. The program serves 130 women between the ages of 18 and 60, who will hear from the Congresswoman about better choices and options.
"Women, especially young women, are going to prison at an alarming rate," said Norton. "For Mother's Day, particularly as a mother myself, I am thrilled to be able to lend support to these women, who are an all too often overlooked demographic in prison."
Norton has long worked to ensure prisoners receive the support they need to successfully re-integrate into civil society and works closely with the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) because D.C. Code felons have been incarcerated in BOP facilities since passage of the National Capital Revitalization and Self-Government Improvement Act of 1997. Last month, along with former D.C. prisoners and their family members, Norton, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Working Group on Prison Telecomm Reform, spoke at a press conference to expose the often exorbitant rates that prisoners and their families are being charged for telephone calls and to announce the CBC response to the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) notice of proposed rulemaking to make prison calling rates reasonable. In 2012, Norton got the BOP to allow all D.C. juveniles convicted as adults under the D.C. Code to be housed in the city until they become adults, to keep them near their families and friends before making the transition to adult facilities. These D.C. children were being sent to a BOP facility in North Dakota until the Congresswoman sought this change. Norton also got BOP to keep short-time D.C. Code felons here, reducing the cost of transporting them to an out-of-state BOP facility while ensuring that inmates can retain ties to family and community support.