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Prisoner’s Family Conference

 

 

Thank you for visiting.  We hope you will find helpful information and resources, as well as encouragement and support from our website and welcome you to become an active participant.  Plan to attend the next conference.  We’d love to meet you in person.

10th ANNIVERSARY CONFERENCE

OCTOBER 10 – 12, 2018 DALLAS, TEXAS

Until 2018 presenters are posted view 2017 CONFERENCE PRESENTERS Here!

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MAY 2018

A unique nationwide opportunity to introduce community members to real prison families; to eliminate false & frightening myths & stereotypes that create an ever-widening EMPATHY GAP leading to rejection and ostracizing those impacted by incarceration.  Help community members care & support those affected by incarceration, to make reentry safe & successful for returning citizens.

DETAILS & FREE GUIDEBOOK FOR EVENT PLANNING WHEN YOU

E-MAIL YOUR INTENT TO PARTICIPATE TO

info@prisonersfamilyconference.org

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VIEW THE TRAILER SUPPORT THE FACES OF MASS INCARCERATION“© DOCUMENTARY

DOCUMENTARY NOW AVAILABLE FOR FACILITATED ADVOCACY DISCUSSIONS

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Uniting as advocates in no way diminishes the important work of any individual group or organization serving the prison family, although uniting does strengthen each individual voice.  Review the Coalition page; review the Coalition White Paper; Review the Coalition Fact Sheets (to be added November 2018); Review the growing list of Coalition Members!

Join the Coalition by e-mailing your full name, the name of any organization you represent & your state of residence to info@prisonersfamilyconference.org.   Together we will make a powerful difference.

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E-mail your request and contact information to: info@prisonersfamilyconference.org

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THE NEED FOR A PRISON FAMILY CONFERENCE

The United States incarcerates more of its citizens than any other country in the world. With only 5% of the world’s population the U.S. incarcerates 25% of the world’s prisoners. Incarceration is not about rehabilitation in the United States; it has become an enormous lucrative business.  Forgotten in the quest to build this prison industrial complex are the more than 2.5 million people the country incarcerates, as well as an equal number of their children and countless family members and friends of prisoners traumatized by a loved one’s incarceration.

History tells us that 70% of children of prisoners will one day become prisoners themselves and at least 65% of prisoners returning to our communities will recidivate within 3 years (76% within 5 years) of being released from prison.  These unacceptable and tragic facts diminish the quality of life and safety of our communities for all of us and call for effective resolution.

Credible research finds that strong family support during and following a loved one’s incarceration is crucial to the prisoner’s successful community reentry and family reunification.  We need resources to strengthen prison families and their support systems. The conference provides those resources.

THE CONFERENCE GOAL

The conference goal is to strengthen the entire prison family and promote successful reentry and reunification, reducing the rate of recidivism by providing critical connections, information and resources for families and secular and faith based organizations serving prisoners and their families.

THE CONFERENCE MISSION IS TO IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL OF US BY STRENGTHENING PRISON FAMILIES THROUGH INCREASED AWARENESS, EDUCATION, RESOURCES, NETWORKING, SUPPORT SERVICES TO PROMOTE POSITIVE RELATIONS THAT REDUCE THE TRAUMA AND RISKS CREATED BY INCARCERATION.

MESSAGE FROM THE CONFERENCE CHAIR: The family is the greatest resource for prisoners. Credible research indicates strong family support during and following incarceration is crucial to prisoners’ successful community re-entry and family reunification. The conference provides powerful resources for strengthening the prison family and improving its relationship with the criminal justice system by bringing together those with a sincere desire to improve the quality of life of those touched by incarceration. In reality, families are secondary victims of crimes, yet historically have received little, if any support. As a result prison family members typically withdraw and isolate from the mainstream community, suffering alone in silence as a hidden population. There they remain as a hidden sub-culture of our society often shunned with as much disdain as the prisoner. We must change this perspective; we must bring hope where there is none. It is the responsibility of those who know the trauma created by incarceration of a loved one to bring awareness where none exists. To that end this conference brings together diverse individuals and organizations serving many diverse purposes on behalf of prisoners and their families. Yet with all the diversity each entity represented has the singular purpose: improving the quality of life for all prison family members. The InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conferences offers those with genuine concerns for prisoners and their families world-wide an opportunity to unite, to educate the uninformed; to build best practices programs; to improve relations with the criminal justice system and to advocate on behalf of the prison family. Together we will encourage one another and we will generate a much greater impact than we could ever accomplish by going the course alone. We hope you will join us at the next InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference. We promise you will be enriched by the experience. Carolyn Esparza, LPC Conference Originator and Chair

Donate Now to Support the Annual InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference

All donations are appreciated & tax deductible.  Please note that donations will appear with the name “Community Solutions of El Paso.”  Community Solutions is the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that produces and hosts the annual InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference and all activities associated with the conference.

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