A new way to treat women’s mental health in prison

A program in California state prisons helps women convicted of violent offenses face trauma from their pasts

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As she serves her 13-year sentence, Franklin says Beyond Violence has helped her put a name on the horrors she experienced growing up. “I didn’t know what trauma was,” Franklin said. “At home, there’s no such thing as self-help groups, or figuring out what’s going on, or why your family’s sick and why they’re doing the things they’re doing. I just know I’m hurting inside this house.” She says she wished this kind of help had been available to her before she was sent to prison. “We need to figure out why we are so broken and destroying each other.”

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