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Power Inside

Power Inside

Power Inside was founded in May 2001 by Jacqueline Robarge as an all-volunteer program offering women's empowerment groups in the Baltimore City Detention Center. In 2003, Fusion Partnerships, became Power Inside’s fiscal sponsor and biggest ally. In 2004, a street outreach component was added after we established a strong link between women's experience of street homelessness and detention in jail, as well as homelessness and trading sex. Power Inside became the first harm reduction street outreach program funded by the then Mayor's Office of Homeless Services to reach women caught in the cycle of jail and homelessness. In 2005, we conducted the first needs assessment of women in the Baltimore City Detention Center. The publication, Release from jail: Moment of crisis or window of opportunity for female detainees? was published in the Journal of Urban Health in 2006. For the first time, the community had data to back our claims of the overwhelming needs of women cycling through Baltimore's jail.

In 2008, we collaborated with multiple agencies to produce a follow-up study on men detained at the Baltimore City Detention Center. The 2010 report, Adjusting the lens: A window into the needs of men in jail by Choice Research Associates shows that, like women, men face multiple barriers to a decent quality of life once they return to the community.

In recent years our advocacy has advanced the policy goals of women impacted by structural racism, poverty, and human rights abuses. We conduct research, public education and advocacy to expand community-wide access to health and treatment services, but our frontline work is at the heart of who we are.

Since our founding, we have developed and honed our integrated trauma-informed, harm reduction, and peer-based model. We now five committed staff members and thousands of women, past and present, who are part of the Power Inside family and make our story so rich and powerful.
Focus Areas
Direct Services

Jacqueline Robarge

325 East 25th Street
Baltimore, MD 21218


Year Founded

Fusion Partner Since




27 October 2020


Direct Services