With a vision to end the cycle of incarceration on Long Island by empowering families, New HOUR for Women & Children – LI offers specialized support for children and mothers during and after incarceration to empower women to move beyond incarceration and the barriers it creates.  


New HOUR is dedicated to supporting and empowering women and mothers impacted by incarceration. Initially New Hour began under the auspices of HOUR Children based in Long Island City, N.Y. acknowledging the important hours that shape the life of a child with an incarcerated mother – the hour of the mother’s arrest, the hour of their visit, and the hour of her release.  

Three out of four incarcerated women in New York State are mothers whose children are deeply impacted by incarceration.


New HOUR helps mothers and women throughout Long Island develop parenting and job skills through rigorous wellness programs that prepare them for life beyond incarceration.


  • Support services during incarceration for women

  • EMERGE 12-week leadership training and advocacy program for women in reentry

  • Higher education advocacy

  • Transportation assistance for New Hour members 

  • Domestic violence resources and education

  • Navigating re-entry services & access to housing resources

  • Twelve workshops a week for women behind bars: Health and Wellness, Parenting Skills, Re-Entry Planning and Mothers Nursery Classes in Suffolk County's two correctional facilities.

  • Monthly Nassau County correctional facility program for women.

  • Annual Toy Drive Giving Away Over 600 toys to children visiting a loved one behind bars on Long Island.

  • Activities for mothers and children to reconnect and maintain meaningful bonds despite incarceration.  

  • Advocacy opportunities meeting with local and state elected's to share the experiences of formerly incarcerated women and their families.

  • Opportunities to speak throughout the state and advocate for prisoner's rights and social justice causes that have directly impacted women.

Learn more about New HOUR, and help provide support to women and children. For more information, contact Serena Liguori, Executive Director, at or (631) 273-3300.