Margaret L. Curry
Margaret Curry brought a wealth of understanding and creativity to the problems, needs, and aspirations of oft-forgotten women prisoners.
From 1952 to 1971, she served as a the first woman parole officer in the Colorado Department of Corrections. Curry’s efforts resulted in the first rehabilitation and educational programs for female inmates, including GEDs, job training, and skills for life on the outside.
“You're trying to live 'cause you're not dead yet, but nobody hears you when you call out, 'Hey, I'm alive!’” — from The Story Within Us: Women Prisoners Reflect on Reading, by Megan Sweeney (Univ. of Illinois, 2012), which features in-depth, oral interviews with eleven incarcerated women.