Many of the 2,000+ women incarcerated in Michigan left behind sons and daughters when they went away to prison. Last week, Local 4 News, WDIV Detroit aired a story about what it’s like for these moms to be away from their children for years at a time. Two formerly incarcerated mothers shared how devastating it was to wonder if their kids were getting a good dinner, brushing their teeth at night, or sleeping safely in a warm bed. These two moms hope that by sharing their stories on the news, they’ll help deter other women from the same mistakes.
As for helping moms who are currently incarcerated, Channel 4 highlights Prison Fellowship’s reentry programming as a solution. During the segment, Denise Harris, Prison Fellowship’s field director for the Detroit area, explains how Prison Fellowship staff and volunteers are helping prisoners prepare for reentry through classes on parenting skills, relapse prevention, and job readiness.
Prison Fellowship is working in prisons and communities all over the country to help prisoners thrive upon release. If you are interested in being a volunteer mentor, please visit prisonfellowship.org.
You can watch the news segment featuring Prison Fellowship below.
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