"Education, not incarceration, is the cheapest form of crime prevention." - S.E.A.
What is Gina's Team ?
Gina's Team is a growing 501(c)3 non-profit organization that promotes and provides leadership and self-reliance programs for incarcerated women in Arizona's Perryville State Prison. Gina's Team focuses on Getting Inmates Needs Addressed. This is done at no cost to the facilities or tax payers through donations and volunteers.
In 2009, Gina's Team was founded, and named for Gina Marie Panetta by Chris & Dianne Panetta, Gina's parents, and Sue Ellen Allen, Gina's cellmate. Gina’s dream was to become a high school guidance counsellor and help girls avoid bad choices, and help the women already incarcerated at Perryville, a dream she was unable to realize due to her death while still serving her time in Perryville.
Gina's Team serves the inmate population by bringing in passionate volunteers, community leaders, speakers and educators to inspire and teach inmates skills based on the ATHENA Leadership Model. This curriculum focuses on living authentically, learning constantly and giving back to the community, providing inmates with motivation to prepare them for a smooth transition upon release.
The first program began in December 2009 with a speech by Olympic Gold Medalist Misty Hyman. She was followed by political and civic leaders, best selling authors and media personalities. The Leadership class began in May 2011; by the end of 2015, 594 women had graduated, 365 of those have been released. Only 30 have returned to prison, a return rate of 9% compared to the national return rate average of over 60%. Additionally, the program has indirectly impacted 1366 children of these women who have participated in our programs.
Gina Marie Panetta