Even in a regular non-pandemic year, the separation from family can impact the mental health of men and women behind bars during the holidays.
For many, maintaining a relationship with a prisoner is complicated. Here are four resources for spouses and families affected by incarceration.
Every year, hundreds of thousands of prisoners are released and return to society, and they need a second chance. The Church should be a place where they can easily find support and encouragement.
Your incarcerated loved one is getting out of prison. This is what you've been waiting for. This is why you've run for second chances, signed petitions, and shared your family's story.
So how do you prepare for your loved one's reentry?
If you find yourself in the position of caring for children who have one or more parents in prison, you have experienced the impact of prison deeply. You may have your own feelings about the incarcerated person and the potential financial weight you might have to bear.
The goal of reentry ministry is to provide a continuum of care that helps ex-prisoners succeed in life on the outside. Needs in all areas of life must be addressed in order for returning citizens to be whole again.