In an effort to expand transitional and educational services for inmates, Gov. Doug Ducey’s executive budget proposal includes $9 million for such programs and additional substance abuse counselors. The issue is personal for Maggie Maloney, who served two sentences in Arizona’s prison system and now advocates for inmates as they try to rebuild their lives after they’re released. She shared more about the challenges waiting on the outside.
“You don’t always know who you can depend on or you who can rely on to sort of walk you through just the day-to-day life experiences,” Maloney said. “We as a community, especially those of us who have been in those shoes and are now out here and being successful, need to take to time to give back to the women, the men, who are coming out of those facilities to whatever capacity to help guide them.”