Financial Literacy for Justice-Involved Women

Mélisande Holingue, California State University, Monterey Bay


Many incarcerated women are limited in their financial literacy and skills necessary to be financially savvy and independent. This lack of financial literacy may inhibit their success transitioning from incarceration back into independent living in the community and therefore putting them at risk for re-offending. Therefore, I created a two-part financial literacy workshop for justice-involved women, at both the Gemma transitional program in Live Oak, California and the Gemma Day program at the Blaine Street Women’s Jail in Santa Cruz, California.