Working with the Courts
Having been a jail chaplain for over ten years, Director Tomi Cardin has developed relationships with the local judges and courts. The judges know Tomi’s passion for this population. If someone qualifies for alternative sentencing, judges or case managers will contact Tomi.
The Redemption House staff evaluates the person to see if she is a good fit for them. If the woman is out of jail, she will come to the house to fill out an application and go through an intake interview with the staff. If the woman is incarcerated, Tomi meets with her one-on-one or just reviews her court report or bio with the referring agency.
When a woman is approved, she goes on the waiting list, ready to take a spot when one opens up.
Most residents come through community corrections or the drug court. However, several other courts supply residents—re-entry court (get out of prison early but wear an ankle monitor), restoration court (alcohol offenses), adult probation court, and HOPE court.
“I’ve been an addict for over 30 years and didn’t know where or what to do about my addiction, but I knew I needed help and I didn’t know how.
I’ve been in two other places but coming here has changed everything.
Now I feel I have a chance in life and a better future.” –Mickey