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Prisoner’s Family Conference

Plan Now to Attend the Next Conference

MAY 3 – 5, 2017

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. 



Students preparing for careers that will place them in contact with prisoners and their loved ones will be provided a special forum at the 2016 conference.  The forum will provide opportunities for sharing and discussing their work related to social justice and a time to meet with social justice advocates.  Howard University criminal justice professor, Bahiyyah Muhammad will facilitate the discussions and present relevant information.  A special student rate is available.  E-mail info@prisonersfamilyconference.org for details.



A in A contrast enhanced

 The InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference Advocacy in Action Coalition
WHITE PAPER – Published 10 21 15


The 8th Annual Conference

"Transitions" - By Daniel Malak - New York 1st Place 2015 Competition

“Transitions” – By Daniel Malak – New York
1st Place
2015 Competition


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Creative  Arts Competition
Prisoner’s Family Conference
2200 N. Yarbrough, B-245
El Paso, TX 79925

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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. Forgotten in the persistent growth of mass incarceration are the millions of children and countless family members and friends traumatized by a loved one’s incarceration.

Unfortunately, history tells us that as many as 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 after 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.


The conference goal is to strengthen the entire prison family and promote successful reentry and reunification, ultimately reducing the rate of recidivism. To that end, the InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference provides critical connections, information and resources for families and secular and faith based organizations serving prisoners and their families.



To improve the quality of life for the prison family through increased awareness, education, networking and supportive services and referral promoting positive relationships that lessen the traumatic impact and reduce risks resulting from incarceration.


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


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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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