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Your Call: Formerly incarcerated women take on crime reduction, harm reduction, and healing

Phoebe Vanderhorst and Detra Thomas of Way-Pass at Thomas' graduation from Community Mental Health


We’re continuing our discussion with 2017 Peacemaker Award Recipients. Phoebe Vanderhorst, founder of Way-Pass: Women's Aftercare Program and Supportive Services, joins us to discuss the unique barriers formerly incarcerated women face.

After incarceration and recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, she created Way Pass for other formerly incarcerated students at City College of San Francisco. The program works to keep former prisoners in school and helps them get into colleges and earn certificates in the health education and public health fields.


Phoebe Vanderhorst, founder and director of Way-Pass

Detra Thomas, student of Way-Pass

Darlene Weide, executive director of Community Boards

Web Resources:

The Guardsman: New clinic for formerly imprisoned women

Community Boards

The Guardian: Women in jails are the fastest growing incarcerated population, study says

Community Legal Services: Young Women of Color with Criminal Records: A Barrier to Economic Stability for Low Income Families and Communities

Feather River College: Alternative Sentencing Program

Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.