Model Practices for Parents in Prisons and Jails: Reducing Barriers to Family Connections

Urban logoThis report from the Urban Institute offers a comprehensive guide to inform correctional administrators in their efforts to reduce barriers to contact and communication between parents who are incarcerated and their children.

Informed by leading experts in the field and individuals directly affected by parental incarceration, the guide describes many low-cost, high-impact practices and provides administrators with evidence on the effectiveness of recommended practices and helpful tips and resources for successful implementation. Examples of family-friendly practices include designing welcoming visitor lobbies, providing parenting and parent-child relationship programming, allowing for contact visiting, coaching parents on telephone calls with their kids, hosting family activity days, and conducting family-inclusive reentry planning.