“Reentry has to begin the moment you’re sentenced to prison. You’ve got to start planning to come home.”
That’s the motif of Teresa Hodge, who co-founded Mission: Launch in 2012 with her daughter, Laurin. The Hodges never imagined prison in their future, but when Teresa began serving an 87-month sentence in a West Virginia facility, they quickly discovered that “people don’t go to prison, families do.”
Teresa considers herself one of the lucky ones. While most incarcerated women must submit to restless boredom, Teresa’s time in prison was framed by her white-collar background. Friends and family would send her books on entrepreneurship, or business plans to review, keeping her sharp despite the dour environment.
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