RISE Female Inmate Education

Female Inmate Education Program or RISE

Given their high rates of experience with domestic and sexual violence, OFS provides female inmates a 6-week series of classes about domestic/sexual violence and sexual exploitation, along with information about red flags and how to get help in partnership with Core Civic and Davidson County Sherriff’s Office.

This program began in 2017 and in 2018, OFS provided 6 cohorts of classes for 79 participants.

Research shows that around 80% of female inmates have experienced or will experience domestic or sexual violence in their lifetime. In our first 6 RISE cohorts, we have seen the following experiences from participants:

Quotes from RISE participants:

  • “Until now I hadn’t realized that I had never been in a healthy relationship.”
  • “I like the fact that I learned that I do have an abusive relationship. And I also have learned what I thought was ok is really not ok.”
  • “I liked that I learned something new. It was hard to realize that Ive been sex trafficked.”
  • “I like finding out what’s healthy and unhealthy in relationships and open discussions. Hard talking about things that have happened in the past.”
  • “I feel like I am more informed about what is or isn’t ok sexually. Also consent is hard to talk about because I realize I wasn’t always consenting.”
  • “I liked the fact that its broken down about sex trafficking and about rape… It was hard to accept the fact that my boyfriend really had raped me at times. I learned that in this class.”

If you are interested in learning more about OFS’s inmate education work, please contact our team at OFSHighRiskTeams@jis.nashville.org.