Parenting, Family, and Re-entry Activities for Prison Classrooms, Groups, and Self-Guided Study
by Jan Walker
Over 70% of our nation’s inmates enter prison with an education level below 9th grade. In fact about half of all inmates test below 5th grade level on entry.
The activities in this book are designed for them and for those who teach, counsel, or guide them.
The activities cover parenting and child custody issues, family history and patterns, visitation, and re-entry. The book includes guides to critical thinking and writing personal stories. (98 pp.)
Six “Teach Inside” activities:
The ages and stages of human development, and how to rethink behaviors and choices that led to incarceration. You re-parent yourself when you take personal responsibility for your attitudes and beliefs. You grow up again when you work on problems that developed as you grew. Set goals for choosing to change.
Child Custody & Dependency Laws
Information about legal and social services that provide assistance to children’s care. Discusses child custody, legal guardianship, dependency, foster care, and termination of parental rights.
Reaching Out to Children and Family
Staying in touch with family and friends during incarceration is considered the most important factor for a successful re-entry. This section develops those skills.
Talking to Children about Prison or Jail
How to explain crime and incarceration to children depends on their age and level of understanding. It is your parental right and responsibility to do so.
Visiting Inside: Keep It Positive
Make visiting time family bonding time. Includes information on visitation types and planning to make visiting a positive experience for both you and your family.
Reuniting with Your Family and Community
Prepare for the stress of re-entry while you’re still doing time. Education, vocational training, and skill-building inside help with reuniting and job hunting when you’re released.
Think About It! Use Critical Thinking to Reexamine Crime-related Behavior
Critical thinking involves analyzing and reasoning. It can help students with any subject matter.
Family History & Patterns: Roles and Rules, Functions and Dysfunctions
Examining family history and patterns of behavior helps incarcerated students unravel faulty reasoning learned in the family.
The Power of Story: Writing from Life…A Writer’s Workshop
Writing stories about life experiences and memories provides students with another tool for personal awareness and growth.