February 18, 2013: The Solano County Women's Re-Entry Achievement Program (WRAP), designed to work with women while they are in jail and after they are released, is gaining national attention for its work helping young women break cycles of drug abuse and criminal activity. Participants must be residents of Solano County who are incarcerated and who are pregnant and/or mothers of children that are under the age of 18.
WRAP is a unique model that uses gender-based risk assessments and trauma-informed case management. The program works as a collaborative partnership with Solano County's Health and Social Services, the sheriff's office, Probation, the District Attorney's Office of Family Violence Prevention, Public Defender, Mission Solano, CA State Div. of Adult Parole Operations, the Re-entry Counci of the Dept. of Youth & Family Services and other community partners...
According to Melissa Murphy in the Solano/Napa Times Herald, evaluators from the U.S. Dept.of Justice visited Solano County (Fairfield/Vallejo) to evaluate national potential for the WRAP program that the DOJ funded in 2010 with a "Second Chance" grant "in response to the need to reduce recidivism and promote safe and healthy families and communities."
Solano Superior Court Judge Wendy Getty noted that most women who graduate from the program are mothers. "This is a chance," Getty said, "at stopping the cycle...I know [WRAP] is working because they're not coming back."
To refer a woman to WRAP: 707-427-6640. Ask for Pat Nicodemus or Patty Ayala (bilingual/Spanish-speaking staff).
Written by Taylor McCulloch.