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NCJ Number: 123245 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Rehabilitation: The Role of the Family
Journal: Family and Corrections Network News  Volume:2  Issue:2  Dated:(March 1990)  Pages:1,6-8
Author(s): D P Schneller
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 4
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Since various studies show the value of inmate bonding with law-abiding spouses in reducing recidivism, prisons and jails should expand opportunities for inmate leisure activities with their families.
Abstract: Family visits should be frequent (no less than once a week), not limited to a certain time in the week, and provide for an amount of time that is both flexible and adequate. Prisons located in remote areas should provide transportation for family members to facilitate visits. Leisure activities for families during visits could include attendance at religious programs, eating together, fellowship and sharing, passive and active recreational activities, and marital activities. In the latter case, States that permit conjugal visits report improved behavior of inmates both while in prison and after release. Cottages or mobile homes are typically provided for conjugal visits. Regular home visits can be provided for appropriate inmates. Fellowship or conversational visiting might be facilitated in maximum-security prisons by allowing families to visit face to face and without close supervision. This has proven satisfactory in many prisons, usually accompanied by a search of visiting family members. 12 references.
Main Term(s): Families of inmates
Index Term(s): Conjugal visits; Inmate visits
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