Welcome!  The Prisoners and their Families Project aims to better understand inmates’ experiences of prison life and the impact of imprisonment on families.  We are currently working on several projects.  Our “Parenting from the Inside” project helps incarcerated women stay connected with their children by teaching them skills to manage the unique challenges of parenting from prison or jail.; we also examine how the stress of being a parent affects inmate mothers and fathers as well as the family at home. We are also working on a program evaluation of the "Mothers Inside Loving Kids" (MILK) Program in two Virginia correctional facilities. The Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) has been using The MILK Program for many years to help mothers stay connected to their children during their incarceration; we are working with the Virginia DOC to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the program. In addition, ongoing work in our lab is using nationally representative data sets to investigate the impact of parental incarceration on children, including those children who become incarcerated themselves in adulthood (second-generation offenders). 

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