Prison program gives jailed moms a second chance

A program at the Women's Correctional Facility in Madison is working to help incarcerated mothers gain the skills they need to reconnect with their families.

The project is funded through a federal Second Chance Act grant and includes weekly parenting education classes. Counselors help facilitate interactions between caregivers, children and the inmates.

The Madison Courier reports ( )that more than 60 mothers from the Madison facility and 110 children have attended the program.

The grant provides families with gas cards and covers hotel expenses so they can visit the inmates.

The U.S. Department of Justice reports about one out of 28 children in the country has an incarcerated parent.

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