The Criminal Justice Caucus together with the Men’s Caucus welcomed Dr. Michelle Smith to CUSSW to present on the issue of fathers in prison. Dr. Smith currently serves as the educational coordinator at a federal prison. She is also the CEO and founder of Good Morning Parents, LLC, an organization that provides parenting education training and products.
The workshop, which had a great turn out brought up very good topics around the issues that surround fathers in prison. A few good facts to consider:
- Federal prisoners are currently mandated to get their GED if they do not already have a high school diploma or GED.
- 744,200 fathers were in prison as of 2007
- 1, 706, 600 minor children had a parent in prison as of 2008
- Children of prisoners are five times more likely to end up in prison
A few projects in the works for Good Morning Parenting include establishing a Parenting Education Day and House of Dads, which would be a place for formerly incarcerated fathers to live in a safe space where their children can visit.
A continued and sustainable relationship between an incarcerated parent and his family, especially his children is extremely important. It helps to maintain a healthy family and break the cycle of intergenerational incarceration.
Click on this link, Good Morning Parents, LLC to learn more!