Raising the Bar on Inmate Re-entry in Humboldt County

Oct 11, 2017

Vanessa Vrtiak (Left) and Stacy Farmer (Right)
Credit Through The Eyes of Women / KHSU
  Vanessa Vrtiak, Programs Coordinator for the Humboldt County Sheriffs Office (HCSO), and Stacy Farmer, founder of Sisters That Been There join us at KHSU’s studios to discuss the 3rd Annual Prisoner Re-entry Fair in the Humboldt County Correctional Facility. 

 This event, to be held on October 23rd and 24th and which is closed to public, will host 15 service providers and employers who will meet with currently incarcerated persons and provide them with community resources and employment options.  The program has been recognized statewide and an award will be presented by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on October 17th. 

Stacy Farmer, also discusses her organization Sisters that Been There, which she founded after her release from incarceration in 2011.   Farmer has been working with families of post-incarcerated persons to provide resources and support after their experience within the prison system.

 Together, they discuss the unique challenges faced by women inmates both inside and outside, and examine the particular needs that post-incarcerated women face including: parenting support, appropriate employment, addiction and mental health services, medical care, transportation, and housing.  Both Vrtiak and Farmer are committed to balancing the needs of community with the needs of post-incarcerated persons, and together are helping to make Humboldt County a safer place for everyone. [This article orginally appeared here. To subscribe to the podcast via iTunes, click here.]