The Center for Women in Transition provides Life Skills Education to women and teen girls who are incarcerated, and Transitional Re-Entry Services to adult women who have recently been released from prison or jail. We are the only organization in Central Arkansas that provides these services to women, and our work is critical in empowering them to break the self-defeating behavior cycles that lead to criminal conduct. We also work within the criminal justice system to advocate for women and encourage alternatives to prison, seeking restorative justice rather than punitive sentencing.

Our Story

CWIT was founded in 2005 by Sister Lee Ann McNally, RSM. Since 2001, she had been ministering part-time to women incarcerated in Pulaski County, mentoring them and teaching Life Skills Classes. As her ministry grew, Sister Lee Ann realized that there was no significant help available in the county for women once they were released from prison. She was determined to provide comprehensive services to these women, and, with the sponsorship and support of the Sisters of Mercy, she founded CWIT. Under Sister Lee Ann’s leadership, CWIT became a full-fledged nonprofit with a team of dedicated staff and volunteers, as well as numerous community partners. Sister Lee Ann retired in October 2015, but her vision is being carried forward by our new Executive Director, Ann Prosper. We are committed to continuing Sister Lee Ann’s legacy, so that we can help as many women as possible end the cycle of criminal behavior and incarceration.
  • Our Mission

    CWIT’s mission is to help women successfully transition back into society after incarceration. We nurture and support them as they work toward leading lives of self-worth, self- reliance, and self-discipline. We believe in the right of every person to be treated with dignity and respect, and are committed to working toward a society where formerly incarcerated women are transformed into agents of change and live in safe, caring communities.

  • Our Vision

    Formerly incarcerated women will be transformed into agents of change and live in safe, caring communities.

  • Our Goal

    Help women re-establish themselves as healthy, productive members of their communities. • Reduce recidivism, turning the revolving doors of prisons and jails into permanent exits.

  • Our Impact

    Over the last 10 years, we have worked with more than 2,000 women, helping them to reunite with their children, complete their educations, and find steady employment. Our work empowers formerly incarcerated women to significantly improve their lives—and, by extension, the lives of their children, families, and others in their communities.

Our team

Ann Prosper
Ann Prosper
Executive Director
Miranda Stewart
Miranda Stewart
Re-Entry Case Manager
Kent Krause
Kent Krause
Board of Directors Chairman
Chief Public Defender, Pulaski County
Shirley Walker
Shirley Walker
Board of Directors Vice-Chairman
Chief Executive Officer, Complete Provider Resource
Richard Newland
Richard Newland
Board of Directors Treasurer
Certified Public Accountant, Newland and Associates, PLLC
John Hout
John Hout
Board of Directors Member
Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Pulaski County
Tom Navin
Tom Navin
Board of Directors Member
Director of Prison Ministry, Catholic Diocese of Little Rock
Maria Reynolds-Diaz
Maria Reynolds-Diaz
Board of Directors Member
Immediate Past State Director, AARP Arkansas
Helaine Williams
Helaine Williams
Board of Directors Member
Features Reporter and Columnist, Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Kim Willse
Kim Willse
Board of Directors Member
Credentialing Specialist, Complete Provider Resource
Regina Wilson
Regina Wilson
Board of Directors Member
Legislative Analyst, Arkansas Bureau of Legislative Research

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Our Partners

Hoover Treatment Center

Hoover Treatment Center offers programming to address the special needs and challenges of individuals with addictions. Hoover Treatment Center provides a structured, 24-hour, comprehensive, intensive residential and out-patient program that addresses the chemical dependency needs of men and women, while decreasing the social and economic costs to the state of Arkansas.

Central Arkansas ReEntry Coalition

Central Arkansas ReEntry Coalition is a group of concerned agencies and citizens which began working collaboratively in 2009 to assist citizens returning from incarceration to Lonoke and Pulaski Counties as they reenter society and reconnect with family while starting over in order to lead productive lives.

Phoenix Recovery Center of Arkansas

Phoenix Recovery Center of Arkansas is a leading provider of sober and chem-free transitional housing services for men and women recovering from alcohol abuse and substance addictions.

The Hope House of Recovery

The Hope House of Recovery offers a clean, safe, drug free living environment for women trying to put their lives back together and integrate back into society after struggling with the disease of addiction and or alcoholism. It is our belief that all women can recover from using drugs and alcohol, if they have a safe supportive environment to live in while changing their lives. This is the mission of the Hope House and why it was created.

TRIO Pre-College Outreach Programs

TRIO Pre-College Outreach Programs assist low-income and first-generation youths, adults, and veterans in targeted counties and schools to enroll in and complete an educational program beyond high school.

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