What We Do

A Different Approach

Incarceration doesn’t solve any problems; it only succeeds in creating new ones. At A New Way of Life Reentry Project, we promote healing, power and opportunity for formerly incarcerated people by taking a multifaceted approach to mitigating the effects of, and ultimately eliminating, mass incarceration.

We Believe

  • Every person has inherent value and holds the power of possibility within.
  • Public resources are better invested in opportunities for transformation than in prisons and punishment. ANWOL provides reentry services for less than a third the cost of incarceration.
  • When a woman goes to prison, her kids serve time, too. Therefore, the healing process must be inclusive of her entire family.

Our Mission

Our mission is to advance multi-dimensional solutions to the effects of incarceration:

  • We provide housing and support for formerly incarcerated women for successful community reentry, family reunification, and individual healing.
  • We work to restore the civil rights of formerly incarcerated people.
  • We empower, organize and mobilize formerly incarcerated people as advocates for social change and personal transformation.

Our Vision

We envision a world where every person can make decisions for his/her own life, is accountable for those decisions, and is valued as a contributing member of the community.

Our Results

Since 1998, more than 1,000 women and children have found safety and support in our reentry homes. More than 300 women have been reunited with their children.


Since its inception in 2007, our legal department has provided pro bono services to assist thousands seeking relief from the burden of criminal histories. Those services have opened doors to job opportunities by expunging criminal records and offering access to occupational licenses. As a result of our leadership-building activities, hundreds more have been educated and empowered to advocate around issues that directly affect their lives.


We provide these services at less than a third the cost of incarceration.

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