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Formerly incarcerated women in Nova Scotia share their stories

The women and advocates tell sometimes disturbing stories about their experiences prison on Prisoner's Justice Day.

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia held a speaking circle on Wednesday

The Nova Institution for Women is seen in Truro, N.S. The multi-level security facility feature a range from residential-style housing to maximum security. (Andrew Vaughan/The Canadian Press)

To commemorate Prisoners' Justice Day on Aug. 10, the Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia held a speaking circle for formerly incarcerate women and advocates.

The circle was facilitated by Patricia Whyte, an Indigenous peer-support worker for the society.

Clients spoke of their experiences in prison including segregation, which they call seg for short.

Britt Ward, Ashley Carey, Brooklyn Gavel, Anne Marie Houston, Mukisa Kakembo, Emma Arnold and Francine Pierro also spoke about how they have been helped by Holly House, a communal living home, run by the Elizabeth Fry Society.

The conversation was recorded by Kyah Sparks of CBC Radio's Information Morning Halifax.

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia held a speaking circle to mark Prisoners Justice Day, which is recognized internationally each year. The formerly incarcerated women shared their experiences of being in prison, while advocates offered their own observations.

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With files from Information Morning Halifax

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