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  • Writer's pictureEmma Halpern

N.S. non-profit’s Positive Release Program breaks barriers for criminalized individuals

CTV News · Posted: Mar 3, 2023 10:53 AM | Last Updated: March 3, 2023


The Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia's Positive Release Program provides backpacks stocked with essential items to recently released inmates to help them reintegrate into society.


"A lot of people who leave prison, they're not given much when they leave,” said development coordinator Robin Cummings. “They're often just left to figure it out on their own." Cummings says the simple gesture can help restore dignity and respect to someone in need of a fresh start.


The organization mainly works with clients released from the Burnside Jail, as well as the Nova Institution for Women. Cummings says they are seeking monetary donations from the public to buy and stock supplies such as toiletries, feminine hygiene, and sexual wellness products.



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