Quakers were prominent in campaigning against and publicizing the dire state of the prisons at the time. Elizabeth Fry documented the conditions that prevailed at Newgate prison , where the ladies' section was overcrowded with women and children, some of whom had not even received a trial. The inmates did their own cooking and washing in the small cells in which they slept on straw. In 1816, Fry was able to found a prison school for the children who were imprisoned with their parents. She also began a system of supervision and required the women to sew and to read the Bible. In 1817, she helped found the Association for the Reformation of the Female Prisoners in Newgate.
The Passages facility has a well equipped, newly constructed kitchen facility. The Culinary Arts Program (CAP) provides food service training and employment support for up to 15 offenders referred from the Montana Women’s Prison. These women offenders will be within 24 months of release eligibility, with the ideal candidate within 18 months of release. Program enrollees will receive classroom instruction, in-house food service experience, work release in the community, job placement assistance, and will complete a pre-release program during the last six months of placement. The goals of CAP are:
CCA thanks all the donors and Sam Kenny of the Men's Wearhouse (3470 Erie Blvd. East) for your generous support of the National Suit Drive. This year's donations were more than triple those of the 2010 campaign. We received 286 suits and sport jackets, 349 shirts and pants and for the first year collecting women's clothing we received 278 items. The grand total from Syracuse's generous donors is 1158 items, including ties, shoes, belts, sweaters and outerwear! CCA and our employment-seeking program participants are so grateful to you all! Click here for the Men's Wearhouse National Suit Drive Website .