This area of Benevolence Farm’s work is the most fluid, as we work to effect change in the narrative around women in the criminal legal system as issues arise.
Benevolence Farm supports families as they reunite after prison and navigate the complex logistical and emotional hurdles of coming back together. To support the community in this effort, we host a support program called Bonding Families, created by our Family Reunification Advocate, Mona Evans. If you are a formerly incarcerated parent or supporting the children of currently incarcerated parents, please join us online in our Facebook group here.
Alamance County Bail Fund
Benevolence Farm, in partnership with We Are Down Home, operates a local bail fund that secures the freedom of individuals held on low-level bonds under $2,000. We believe that nobody should be stuck in jail simply because they cannot afford bail. Second Chance Alamance Project Manager Katie Anderson supports individuals in their reentry process and court hearings as part of this effort. To learn more about the Bail Fund, click here.
Dignified Food Access
In North Carolina, people with certain drug level felony convictions are barred from accessing SNAP and TANF benefits. Benevolence Farm calls upon the North Carolina General Assembly to remove the ban affecting thousands of its constituents. To learn more about our advocacy efforts, check out our introductory article here and an opinion piece here.
Welcome Home Soap Project
The Benevolence Farm Welcome Home Soap Project partners with local reentry councils and organizations to provide free high-quality soap to people returning home across the state of North Carolina. To learn more about this project, click here.
North Carolina Fines & Fees Coalition
Benevolence Farm is a proud member of the North Carolina Fines & Fees Coalition. This Coalition aims to end the practice of funding court systems off the backs of those least able to pay. To learn more, click here.