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

Recent studies have found that 2.7 million children in the United States have a parent serving time in prison or jail at any given time, while more than 5 million children have experienced parental incarceration at some point during their lives.

By implementing the practices outlined in this document, we believe administrators will reduce the stress and confusion children experience when their parent is incarcerated

while sustaining or maximizing safety and security in the facility.

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