Family-Oriented Correctional Programs

Family-oriented correctional programs are services and activities organized to help men and women in prison maintain family ties and prisoners’ relatives and significant others manage stresses and concerns related to incarceration. Men and women in prison had family roles and responsibilities prior to their incarceration. Many provided the major sources of income for their families; others managed households and carried out obligations and commitments important in sustaining family life. Many mothers, as well as fathers, resided in single-parent homes and, at the time of their arrest, had primary responsibility for the care of their children. The majority of prisoners are parents of minor children.

Criminal justice system involvement takes its toll on individuals and families and has a negative effect on family relationships. Families and children ...

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