With the unemployment rate at 12.3 percent in California, a UC Berkeley study showed that it is even more challenging for women who have been previously incarcerated to land employment.
Formerly incarcerated women were 31 percent less likely to get a call back from a potential employer than those women without a criminal record, according to the study.
Treasure Island, set in the middle of the Bay Bridge between San Francisco and Oakland, is a place for second chances.
The Female Offender and Treatment Program is one of the few government-funded, gender-responsive programs for women parolees in California.
While a UCLA evaluation of the program showed participants were more successful in the program than those who did not, half of the women returned to prison within three years.