Lorrayne Patterson shares a message of hope and renewal while also serving as a voice and advocate for women directly affected by incarceration. In her current position as a CASAC substance abuse counselor working with Methadone Maintenance Patients for a NYC hospital, she assists individuals who are mandated to substance abuse treatment.
Ms. Patterson became involved in women’s advocacy during her transition home from a New York State women’s correctional facility. An active member of the Coalition for Women Prisoners, she regularly engages with elected officials about reforming criminal justice polices as they affect women and their families. She is a member and past co-chair of the Coalition’s Conditions/Reentry Committee, and an active alumnae participant on the Women’s Prison Association’s Women’s Advocacy Project Alumnae Council. Ms. Patterson is a visible and strong spokesperson on issues of women and criminal justice. She has been a featured advocate at panels, public hearings and in the media on issues concerning the needs of currently and formerly incarcerated women, including NYU Wagner Rudin Family Forum for Civic Dialogue, WBAI, New York Times, the Legislative Gazette, and a documentary film entitled Re-imagining the Future by the College Initiative. In 2005, she was awarded the Coalition for Women Prisoners’ Advocate for Justice Award.
Ms. Patterson is a student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice with a major in Forensic Psychology. In 2004, she graduated from Phoenix House. She is an alumna of ReConnect, a leadership training program of the Women in Prison Project at the Correctional Association of New York, and the Women’s Advocacy Project, a program of the Women’s Prison Association.