Family Involvement In Prisons

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There are over 2 million people held in prisons and jails in the United States. Based on 2012 data, about 637,000 people are released from state and federal prisons each year. Addiction treatment, employment, health care, and stable housing are among some of the most important needs that reentry programs must address prior to an incarcerated individual’s release back into society. However, working with an individual’s social support network will enhance these concerns and increase the probability of a successful reentry (Shanahan & Villalobos Agudelo, 2012, p.17). An incarcerated individual’s friends and family are able to assist returning prisoners with overcoming reentry impediments. The process of preparing an incarcerated individuals return to the family and the community may be the most important part of correctional case management. The importance of family involvement cannot be underestimated in addressing the needs of an incarcerated individual. Family involvement can assist in reducing the rate of recidivism. Research indicates that inmates who maintain contact with family and friends in the outside world are less likely to be convicted of further crimes and usually have an easier reintegration …show more content…

One of the goals of an offender’s rehabilitation program is to acquire a continuum of social support from the institution to home and the community. Studies reveal that optimum recidivism results have been reflected in offender’s that have received a diversity of mentoring support. Mail, visitation, and telephone calls produce a support system between inmates, their friends and their families. Developing communication policies with a reasonably low-cost approach for both the institution and social support systems will promote increased communications that could yield significant benefits in the reduction of

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