My name is Danette Y. Butler and I am the founder and Executive Director of Parents with Incarcerated Children, Inc., (PWIC), a 501 (c) (3) non-profit community outreach organization. Since its inception over 25 years ago, PWIC has served as an advocate for incarcerated men and women, ex-offenders and provides support for their families. PWIC provides positive support in areas known to cause ex-offenders to re-offend and support for families making adjustments having ex-offenders return to their homes and to the community. I have worked in the public and private sectors providing diverse services in public administration and support for individuals leaving correctional facilities in the State of Delaware.
PWIC's focus is on the under-served population of ex-offenders throughout New Castle County, Delaware to enhance their quality of life by serving as a resource and provides support to assist ex-offenders in becoming productive members of the community and not returning to prison. One of the primary reasons that individuals return to prison is their inability to provide for their basic needs and they return to a life of crime. Many individuals are unemployed or underemployed because of their criminal history.
The Pardon Me Project is an avenue to assist qualified individuals in obtaining pardons from the State of Delaware for eligible criminal offenses and having them expunged from their records which will make them more employable. As PWIC’s Founder and Executive Director, I serve as the Project Manager for The Pardon Me Project and will work with program participants to prepare and submit requests for pardons and expungements.