Strengthening the Couple and Family Relationships of Fathers Behind Bars: The Promise and Perils of Corrections-Based Programming. Institutional Constraints of the Correctional Environment

08/30/2009

Providing Stable Services in an Unstable Environment
Picture of three inmates listening to a corrections officer.The corrections context in which the MFS-IP grantees operate is inherently complicated. Understanding the culture and context of corrections is crucial for successful programming. Key considerations include:
  • increasing numbers of incarcerated men and shrinking budgets,
  • facility closures,
  • overburdened and underpaid facility staff with low morale and high turnover, and
  • safety concerns that reduce staff interest in programming.

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