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The premiere nonprofit for providing women-specific tools, resources and care to incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals.

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The art + science of breaking injustice


No mentors

or leadership


& isolation

Being taken advantage of

Drugs / crime


Overburdened rehabilitation resources

Released with dismal support


No support structure


in job market

Featured Success Story: Laura

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Mission & vision


One day, injustice will be just a word in the dictionary.

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Where we serve


Currently focusing on the Maryland Correctional Institute for Women in Jessup Maryland

How We Work

Our Story - Prison to Poetry

When FIST first started, we were a small team bringing poetry behind bars. We knew there was therapeutic and healing power behind poems, but we saw more empowerment than anything else.

Writing poetry requires us to be honest with ourselves and others about our feelings and perspectives. Being true to yourself gives clarity and boosts self esteem.

Our Poetry Showcase is a confidence-building event set up for committed members of the FIST program to exhibit their work in front of a select audience. Showcases bring out the best in people because they challenge comfort zones and empower individuals to take the next step forward in their lives. 

Since then, we have been working to expand our services to women to include in-prison and post-prison resources and workshops that are designed to break barriers.