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Belle Phelan

Program Associate

Belle is a graduate of our first cohort at La Vista, earning co-valedictorian honors along with a finalist finish. She passionately believes that no one should be remembered only for the worst decision they ever made. She is using her lived experience to challenge the perceptions of what prison is like for women and what re-entry can look like. While inside, she completed Cosmetology, the Art of Being Human, the Inside-Out Prison Exchange, Beyond Thinking, and served as a Peer Education Mentor and a 7 Habits Core Group Member. She worked as the Pre-Release Clerk and assisted in the development and implementation of the Re-Entry Unit Program at La Vista. She is the first Fellow named at the Prison Journalism Project and is the visionary behind the graduate program at The Realness Project. She was the first woman from La Vista to be published in The Inside Report and has an essay published in the CCJRC Go Guide about being successful on parole.