Inmate Programming




The chaplain responds not only to the spiritual needs, but also the many physical needs of the prisoners such as requests for paper, sympathy cards, clothing, eyeglasses, etc.  The Madison Area Lutheran Council (MALC) and the various churches that support the council fund the Jail Chaplain position.  Currently John Mix serves as a full-time Chaplain and Julia Weaver serves on a part time basis.  John works Monday-Friday and Julia works Tuesday and Thursday


Religious services provided in the Dane County Jail are coordinated by the chaplain's position.  Currently Roman Catholic services for males are held in the CCB Chapel on Thursdays at 7:00pm.  Protestant Services for males are held in the CCB Chapel on Sundays at 7:00pm.  Protestant services for females are held in the PSB at 11:00am and at 1:00pm in the CCB.  Other religious services provided include religious counseling, personal emotional support, as well as assistance in gaining community contacts for the purposes of employment, counseling, or other needs facing prisoners when they are released from jail.


Muslim Friday prayers take place in the CCB Chapel every Friday from 1:30pm-2: 30pm. Prayer rugs were purchased and are provided to inmates for their use during the prayers. Turgay Ayers volunteers his time to facilitate these prayers and also provides Muslim counseling to inmates upon their request.

Exploring God’s Word

Taught to women by women from the CIP Program.  It centers on teaching women what the Bible says and how it applies to their lives and how it can bring a change in their lives if they are willing to allow it to happen.  The study starts in Genesis and ends in Revelations and explains how Jesus affects the lives of all that have a desire to know him.


Guided by a member of the Gideons Auxiliary, participants get acquainted with the Good News Testament.  The goal of the bible study program is to discover what the bible says and how it applies to the participant’s lives.


Description: Led by the Jail Chaplain and offered once a week in the CCB and PSB. This is a small group of up to 8 inmates who want to look at their unhealthy patterns of thinking and acting to develop more successful ways to live. The basis for discussion is our reading from the book Houses of Healing: A prisoner’s guide to inner power and freedom. In addition there will be opportunity to use simple art Media (crayons and pastels) to express their feelings. This is program consists of 8 sessions per group

8 week Outline of the sessions:

Week 1:  (material in the Introduction, Chap. 1 & 2)   Introductions and overview of the course.  Who am I? is a fundamental question here and this session introduces the model of human personality that may expand what inmates thought they knew about themselves.  Review the expectations and ground rules of participation.  Finish with a brief meditation.  Assignment for next week is given.

Week 2:  (chapters 2, 7 and 9)  Facilitate self-reflection identifying personal goals for this course.  Review the basic model of personality.  Introduce and discuss the concept of “forgiving on neutral territory.” There is another way of looking at the world (reframing).  Introduce the benefits of relaxation and techniques for relaxing.  Centering exercise using simple visual media (e.g. crayons or oil pastels) and calming music.   Assignment for next week is given.

Week 3:  (chapters 2, 8, 9, and 10)  Facilitate relaxation exercise.   Sharing around the self-work assignment from last week.  Sentence completion on “Seeing or Forgiving on Neutral Territory.”  Review key points on “reframing” and “triggers.”  Group exercise on “identifying triggers.”  Introduce meditation and visual media expression.    Review self-work for next week.

Week 4:   (chapters 2, 7, & 8)  Facilitate body awareness exercise and meditation.  Feedback from participants on this experience and the assignment from last week.  Introduce “sub-personalities,” remind them that identifying with different emotions, roles, and beliefs is natural.   Problems occur when we get stuck in unhealthy ones and chronically identify with only those, forgetting the core Self we were born with.  Color exercise and meditation.  Assign self-work for next week.

Week 5:  (chapters 3 & 4)  Body awareness exercise and meditation.  Comments on self-work (homework).  Invite reports on Emotional Weather report.  Presentation on “inner child.”  When we did not have reliable healthy parenting we built walls around us and this wounded “child” now influences our adult decisions, often creating more trouble in our life.  Meditation exercises help us realize we have a core Self that can “re-parent” ourselves and be safe now.  Color exercise and meditation.

Week 6:  (Chapters 5 & 6)  Focusing meditation and feedback from assignment last week.  Invite the reading of letters to the inner child.

Presentation on key concepts about anger followed by discussion.  Present key issues on loss and grief followed by discussion and opportunity to express some of these feelings in color.  Sharing of these expressions with no judgment.  Assign next weeks self-work.

Week 7:  (chapters 11, 12, & 14)  After a focusing meditation we will look at forgiveness (what it is and is not) for self and others.  Acknowledging the truth, we realize how crime affects others, even if it was not a “violent” crime.

Presentation on victim awareness.  Conversation on guilt and a relationship to a higher power or God.  Finish with meditation and assignments.

Week 8:  ( chapter 13)  More work on forgiveness opens the way to a spiritual path that sustains us.  Review the “basic truths” such as “I am worthy of acceptance and respect.”  We all learned negative beliefs from people who are not aware of their own goodness and beauty.  Reinforce the value of the daily “emotional weather report” and meditation in self-care.  Discuss questions and concerns as we conclude this series of sessions.


The Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) education program is designed to fulfill the educational needs of prisoners who would otherwise be required to attend school under the compulsory education law.  Classes primarily consist of the basic skills in reading, writing, and math.  Secondary focus is given to language arts, health, social studies, logic problems, spelling, vocational skills, etc.  Beyond high school supplements, prisoners are also given opportunities to learn in areas of practicality such as handling stress, conflict resolution, living skills, etc.

This education program provides testing before entering the classroom to determine each student's current academic level, as well as to find out if the prisoner needs clinical assistance.  The goal of the program is not to offer them a high school diploma, but to interest them in lifelong learning.  Deb Anderson instructs class in the CCB and Tina Chavez teaches in the PSB.


The Dane County Sheriff’s Office entered in a contract with MATC for educational services to be provided to inmates in the Dane County Jail, as of August 1, 2007.  The agreement calls for MATC staff to provide twenty-four (24) hours per week of GED educational and testing services for a period of forty (40) weeks, to the residents of the Dane County Jail, at facilities at the Dane County Public Safety Building and the City County Building, services include:

  1. Basic skills assessment and advising.
  2. Development of student educational plans.
  3. As appropriate, literacy skills education in reading and writing.
  4. Basic literacy computer skills.
  5. Necessary high school completion training to prepare students for the GED and HSED tests.
  6. Employability skills instruction.

The services/classes described above are provided to inmates individually or in small groups.  MATC staff coordinates all services with jail staff.  MATC also provides GED testing services for inmates, which occurs in the DCJ.  Testing is schedule each week depending upon the number of inmates signed up for testing.  Upon students’ release from the DCJ, MATC shall provide the following where appropriate:

  1. Coordination of transition to other MATC education or training programs.
  2. Coordination of transition to other basic education services at MATC outreach sites.
  3. Coordination of transition to education services in the community.

It should be noted that Huber inmates housed in the PSB are offered In-House night classes that meet in the PSB MATC classroom every Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, from 6:00pm-9:00pm. This makes attending such classes more accessible and convenient for inmates, eliminating the need to leave the jail to attend classes at the MATC-Central Madison Campus.


Facing Freedom is a program offered to inmates housed in the Public Safety Building (PSB) and is facilitated by volunteers form the Abundant Life Link, which is a volunteer effort from the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) and Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS) churches. Facing Freedom lessons focus on developing life skills to be used by inmates facing release from jail. In addition to the teachers and classes, this organized group of volunteers offers recovery studies after inmate release at weekly meetings, held in local WELS/ELS churches called Grace Oasis. The intended end result is to reduce recidivism through a tighter integration into a local community group with a focus on strong spiritual and family beliefs and practices. Facing Freedom funds itself and provides books and materials at no cost to inmates. Volunteers have undergone formal training for jail settings by professionals serving jails and prisons.


Estimates regarding literacy levels within incarcerated Americans vary widely depending on the facility, the location, and the source of the information.  However, a conservative estimate indicates that at least 50% of inmates cannot read above the third grade level (the bare minimum level for gaining basic information from the printed page.) People who cannot read, find it very difficult to function successfully in our society.  As we return non-readers into our communities they are at great disadvantage and become more likely to repeat behaviors for which they were incarcerated in the first place—having few other options for survival.  Literacy is a prison of its own, from which jail release does not free. The Dane County Jail has an average daily population of approximately 900 inmates, which includes inmates participating in various alternative incarceration programs. This would mean that approximately 450 inmates are relatively illiterate.

Because Literacy can impact recidivism rates, the Dane County Jail has partnered with the Madison Area Lutheran Council and the Literacy Network of Dane County to train and provide volunteer tutors. These tutors provide basic literacy services to inmates that have been identified by Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD), Madison Area Technical College (MATC) and the Jail Chaplaincy Staff, as having low reading skills.


 The Kid Connection is a sub-program within the jail library.  The goal of the Kid Connection is to promote literacy among children and incarcerated adults, as well as to facilitate a positive connection between child and parent.  A parent is given the opportunity to audio record a children's book. The recording and the book are mailed to the child, who then reads along in the book while listening to the parent's reading. It reinforces the family relationship and the need for literacy.  


The jail library is a program offered to prisoners and run by volunteers from the community.  Books come from donations or grants and become the property of the jail.  The jail library operates like a regular library.  Housing units are supplied with books for prisoners to read.  On occasion prisoners will make particular requests for material which volunteers may be able to locate.


The main goals of the library are to meet the educational, recreational, and community resource reading needs of the jail residents, and to locate and share with prisoners useful community resources that will help prisoners or their families address and solve their issues.  Other goals consist of educating the community about issues related to incarceration and the prisoners, improving the jail by involving the community by use of volunteer service, and to provide a safe and constructive environment for diverse people to come together, share, and learn.


The law library is a legal reference service to prisoners to inform them of the substantive and procedural law.  Prisoners are required to fill out a request form for legal documents from the library and can receive up to three cases or 30 pages of documentation per week.


AA and NA are support groups for people who are chemically dependent.  The purpose of the program at the jail is to provide a support group in the jail setting (i.e., a chance to meet with other prisoners who are also chemically dependent and in need of support.)  They also offer exposure to people outside of the jail who are living a sober lifestyle, such as volunteers who live and work in the community to serve as role models.  Both programs operate in all three DCJ locations.


The Al- Anon Family Groups are a fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength, and hope in order to solve their common problems. Al-Anon believes that alcoholism is a family illness and that changed attitudes can aid recovery. The only requirement for membership is that there be a problem of alcoholism in a relative or friend.

Al-Anon is not allied with any sect, denomination, political entity, organization or institution; does not engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any cause.  There are no dues for membership. Al-Anon is self-supporting through its own voluntary contributions.

Al-Anon has but one purpose: to help families of alcoholics.  We do this by practicing the Twelve Steps, by welcoming and giving comfort to families of alcoholics, and by giving understanding and encouragement to the alcoholic. Currently, Al-Anon services are only offered to female inmates that are housed on the PSB.


Opiate Recovery Project & Overdose Prevention Education

Staff from ARCW will be presenting education and information on an Opiate recovery and overdose prevention. These options are available to any Inmates with a history of Opiate Use. The Opiate Recovery Project is a pilot program available through March 31, 2014 and will provide Vivitrol injections if you are interested in maintaining ongoing abstinence upon release.

The Overdose Prevention Education is available to anyone concerned about Opiate Overdose Prevention upon release.


The Rape Crisis Center offers individual counseling services and group sessions to women housed in the Dane County Jail who are affected by experiences of sexual assault and/or abuse.  Group sessions consist of participants talking about their experiences, as well as an educational component on sexual violence.  Once a week, a member of the Rape Crisis team offers a one-hour Women’s Empowerment class to the female inmates housed in PSB.  Sign up sheets are kept in the pod for inmates to sign up during the week.


This program is offered to inmates housed in the Public Safety Building (PSB). The program helps inmates who suffer from Mental Health issues with coping skills, how to care for themselves and numerous other issues. MH Staff refers participants to the program.


This program is offered to females in the PSB and involves meditation and relaxation techniques to assist participants in reducing anger and stress in their lives.


This program is offered to females in the PSB.

Gentle Yoga is for everyone, whether you are fit or not, tall or thin, flexible or not this relaxing practice will show you how to bring peace, balance and stability into all parts of your life. Absolutely no experience is necessary, you carry everything you need inside yourself. Yoga practice will wake up your awareness, strengthen your body and calm your mind. We practice gentle uncomplicated stretches and postures, focus on mindful breathing and awareness in order to uncover the inner strength, serenity and dignity that each one of us carries inside.


The Greater Isthmus Group is a cluster of individuals and congregations concentrated on action related to homelessness and affordable housing for those at or below 35% of Dane county Median income.  GIG is supported by Madison-area Urban Ministry.  GIG in collaboration with Secure Payment Services, the Apartment Association of South Central Wisconsin, City of Madison Equal Opportunity Commission, United Way of Dane County 211, and various faith partners concerned with housing has developed a training program for jail inmates shortly before their release.  The Workshops include: 1) How to Budget your money before you have any money to budget; 2) Housing rights for people with conviction records; 3) Filling out housing applications and appeal rejections; 4) Avoiding/Preventing Evictions; and 5) Community Resource Lists.  (The other two will be added with more space.)  The sessions are held first and third Wednesday, for 1.5 hours at the Ferris Center.  The goal is to support people coming out of jail and hopefully curve the percentage of homeless men and women who are released without any plan for housing nor aware that they have rights even though they have conviction record(s).


The Madison Area Urban Ministry Mentoring Connections program recruits and trains adult volunteers to serve as mentors to children with an incarcerated parent.  The program serves children ages 4-17 living in Dane County who have a parent incarcerated in a state or federal facility, a parent in jail and awaiting transfer to a correctional institution, desire weekly contact with a mentor for at least one year, and have a written consent form their parents/guardians. Mentors commit to spending time with the child(ren) each week, helping with homework, going to the park, going out to lunch, or similar activities.  Over 25 children currently are on a waiting list for a mentor.  MUM seeks mentors who have one or two hours per week to spare, to provide a stable, caring adult presence in the life of a child.

Mentoring Connections is funded part through a Federal grant through the Administration for Children, Youth and Families.  Half of the funding for Mentoring Connections comes from our member contributions, congregational support and fundraisers.

Outside Programming:


Available to Ferris Center Inmates only

Inmates from the Ferris Center can attend classes at the South Madison Community Center to receive the following services:

  1. Basic skills assessment and advising.
  2. Development of student educational plans.
  3. As appropriate, literacy skills education in reading and writing.
  4. Basic literacy computer skills.
  5. Necessary high school completion training to prepare students for the GED and HSED tests.
  6. Employability skills instruction.
  1. Instruction to prepare for the Compass test.

Classes are held Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. during the school year.  MATC has a limit of twenty students.

MATC SMEC Workshops

Available to Ferris Center Inmates only

MATC also offers afternoon (Monday through Thursday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.) workshops to help inmates prepare for college or employment.  The following are the titles and description of the workshop:

Workshop I – Stepping into the Future

  • This workshop will inform students about careers and start them on career exploration.  Participants will identify their skills/abilities/values that will contribute to their future in the workplace.  Each individual will have the opportunity to take an interest inventory to help assess career clusters of interest.  General information about growing occupations in Dane County and educational and training opportunities at MATC will be provided.  Each individual will have a chance to investigate occupations online.  With the collaborative effort of both instructors and advisors, participants will develop academic, personal and professional goals that will assist them in transitioning to an occupation or college degree program.

Workshop II – Engaging in Problem Solving, Cross-cultural Communication & Teamwork

  • This workshop will focus on problem solving, cross-cultural communication, and teamwork skills to prepare them to successfully transition to an occupation or college degree program.

Workshop III – Developing Self-awareness for the Workplace

  • The workshop will focus on self-awareness, personal appearance and habits, etiquette, and work behavior skills to help prepare them to successfully transition into an occupation or college degree program.

Workshop IV – Basic Computer Literacy

  • This workshop will focus on basic computer and keyboarding skills to prepare them to successfully transition to an occupation or college degree program.

Workshop V - Student Success: Study skills and Testing taking strategies

  • This workshop will focus on studying and taking at least on standardized test (i.e. Compass) in order to identify their level of preparedness for their chosen future occupation or college degree program.

Workshop VI – “Show me the Money” Financial Aid and Money Management

  • This workshop will focus on financial options for students such as grants, scholarships, state and federal student loans.  Participants will learn how to research scholarship opportunities, complete the Free Application for Financial Student Aid, and inquiry about company tuition reimbursement.  Additional topics regarding person financial options such as 401k, payday loans, no money down, deferred interest loans, and home-financing pitfalls will be covered.

Flyers are posted in each wing as to when the workshops are held and inmates submit request slips to attend.  Attendance is limited to about fifteen inmates, so release dates are used decide who attends.  The workshops are held on a rotating basis and each lasts one week.


Huber inmates from the Ferris Center may volunteer to participate in the Christian Intervention Program, which takes place at the Calvary Gospel Church.  The Calvary Gospel Church provides transportation to and from the program for the inmates.  Through James Hawk, an AODA counselor, and Greg Martin, a retired Madison Police Officer, alcohol and AODA issues are addressed.  Inmates attend classes, which deal with life skills; parenting and child care issues, job skills, decision-making, and anger management, along with alcohol and AODA issues.  Lessons focus on changing beliefs in behavior using the bible as a basis.  After the class, inmates are invited to join the congregation for church service with members of the church mentoring individual inmates.  Inmates are also allowed private prayer time following service, if desired.  The program runs 20 weeks, cumulating in a graduation ceremony for the participants.


This program provides outpatient women-specific AODA treatment at no cost to the inmate.  ARC Emil is located at 1409 Emil Street, 283-6426.


This program is designed to support women in their spirituality, creativity, and sobriety.  The group is a support group that also uses art therapy to help participants heal.  Each session begins with reflection, a check in, sharing of concerns and needs, and re-entry issues the women are facing. The group is held at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 322 E.  Washington Ave. and is held on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon.  Inmates are referred to the group by the facilitator. The facilitator contacts the Huber Counselor to request that an inmate attend the group.

DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services)

DAIS support group is a program that creates a safe space for women with the common experience of intimate partner domestic violence, to meet and share their stories of pain, trauma, and personal triumph with others.  Participants share common goals of learning new ways to cope, heal and be safer in current and future relationships.  DAIS support group meets on Wednesday’s and Thursday’s from 6:30pm – 8:00pm.  Two (2) women may participate each night.  Females sentenced with Huber work release, that are at least 30 days from their release date, but not more than 90 days from their release date are eligible to apply. If you are interested in participating, you must submit a general request slip to the Huber Counselor requesting to attend DAIS.   If/when participating in the group, you must not have more than (1) one disciplinary hearing or you will be removed from the group.


This agency is part of the Department of Corrections.  To be eligible, an inmate needs to be on Probation and Parole.  Further, the Probation and Parole agent must refer an inmate to treatment at the Day Report Center (DRC), which is located at 7017 Raywood Road, 224-6310.  The DRC provides a number of treatment groups at no cost to the inmate.  The groups offered includes several AODA groups, Women’s Issues, Restorative Justice, Cognitive Issues groups, Anger Management, GED classes, and employability classes.




Man Up provides group coaching for male ex-offenders who are making the transition from prison or jail into the community. Through mentoring and support we help participants deal with issues such as healing from past traumas, making and implementing personal development plans, creating healthy relationships, dealing with substance abuse, spiritual development, conflict resolution, anger management and leadership development. Participants will also have access to Nehemiah programs that assist with transitional housing as well as job readiness and placement.

The goals of this group are to reduce recidivism, to help participants have successful transitions to life outside of jail/prison and to empower them to become contributing members of the community.

All of the meetings will be Held at Fountain Of life church (on the lower level) at 9:00am until 11:00am @ 655 W. Badger Road Madison WI 53713  .


Beginnings are designed for men and women who are to be released from jail and want help and support in developing and following through with an action plan to remain out of jail.  This group aids the prisoner in coping with problems and setting personal goals.  It also utilizes networking with resource individuals from outside the jail to assist prisoners in teaming about how to engage more successfully with issues surrounding employment, alcohol, aggression, etc.

The group meets each week for two hours at Bethel Lutheran Church.  The women’s group is held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays.  Every third Tuesday it is held in –house in a 4th floor program room. The men’s group is held on Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.  Prisoners are eligible to attend Beginnings if they have four weeks remaining on their sentence.  Individuals are released from jail to attend the group through the Huber program.  Participants are encouraged to continue attending the group after release.


Inmates who are court-ordered to pay child support and are in their last 30 days of incarceration may attend an orientation session at Urban Leauge 2222 S. Park St. Suite 200 Madison.


Individuals sentenced with Huber privileges will have the opportunity to apply for various volunteer projects in Dane County.  Some of the projects have involved cleaning parks, roadsides, lakeshores and neighborhood centers, as well as painting playgrounds, clearing brush from park trails and helping to care for animals at the humane shelter.  Prisoners participate in work that consists of assisting in general labor.

Each interested prisoner completes an application form that is reviewed by Jail Administration.  Persons convicted of a violent felony, domestic abuse, crimes involving children, parole/probation revocation, are registered sex offenders or who have been absent without leave from the jail will generally not be allowed to participate.

Prisoners are eligible for this volunteer initiative if they have had no violent offenses within five years, no history of Huber violations, and are housed at the Ferris Center without holds or discipline action for 30 days.  The projects will vary in length from one day to longer.  Program size varies from five to over 30 prisoners, depending on the needs of the job and available transportation.  Lynn Montgomery currently oversees this program.


Man Up provides group coaching for male ex-offenders who are making the transition from prison or jail into the community. Through mentoring and support we help participants deal with issues such as healing from past traumas, making and implementing personal development plans, creating healthy relationships, dealing with substance abuse, spiritual development, conflict resolution, anger management and leadership development. Participants will also have access to Nehemiah programs that assist with transitional housing as well as job readiness and placement.

The goals of this group are to reduce recidivism, to help participants have successful transitions to life outside of jail/prison and to empower them to become contributing members of the community.

All of the meetings will be Held at Fountain Of life church (on the lower level) at 9:00am until 11:00am @ 655 W. Badger Road Madison WI 53713

YWCA Employment and Training Annex

This program is located at 310 Latham Dr. in Madison and offers education/services to help individuals gain employment.  There is no cost to the person.  The following are the programs they provide:

Construct U

This is eight week 24 hours per week.  Course is designed to introduce participants to road construction and the building trades.  This training includes CPR/First Aid certificate, Flagger’s certificate,  TrANS certificate (Wis DOT issued), Preparation for apprenticeship, hands-on training.

TSPT: Training Partnership for the Skilled Trades

TSPT provides tutoring and job skills training to prepare individuals for apprenticeships in the construction trades, which includes carpentry, plumping, steam-fitting, electricians, etc.  Our main goal is to prepare students for the common entrance exam required to enter apprenticeships.  We provide tutoring in math, science, grammar, mechanical comprehension, spatial relations, blueprint reading and help you with personal finance and job skills.  Students will meet for six-weeks with one three-hour class and three two-hour tutoring session each week.  The tutoring is available afternoons and evenings.

TrANS Road Construction Training

TrANS is a 120-hour industry awareness program introducing participants to the road construction industry.  Class times are usually scheduled during evenings and weekends.  The curriculum includes hands-on projects such as cement finishing and rough carpentry.  Students graduate with state certification, flaggers training, and CDL permit.  CDL behind the wheel training may also be offered to graduates.  Graduates are directly referred to interviews with local construction employers for jobs with family-sustaining wages.

SUCCESS: Structured Training for Successful Employment

This is a 3-week class that will expand your opportunities for successful employment by:

-Developing skills that employers are looking for

-Obtain a quality job reference

-Create a functional resume

-Learn about training opportunities

-Build on your strengths

-Find solutions to barriers


The START program provides qualified inmates the opportunity to work toward a skilled trade, be part of a union and enjoy competitive wages and benefits. 90% of the training is on the job, with 10% classroom. START’s primary focus is in the construction trades. The program runs for six weeks and inmates meet at the Probation and Parole Office located on Allied Drive in Madison.

Research Projects:

Jail Reentry and Reintegration Processes for Female Offenders.

Study being conducted through UW-Madison Sociology Department.   Focus on female inmates and how reentry and reintegration for this population shapes recidivism.  The information gained from this research will support practice and policy for the reduction of recidivism in the long term.

Young Children of Jailed Parents

Study being conducted through UW-Madison Human Development & Family Studies, Waisman Center.  The study uses developmentally appropriate educational materials to improve child behavioral health and family relationships when parents are in jail.   This research will be a valuable asset in helping explore ways children and their families cope with parental incarceration and hopefully help in developing some positive interventions to help prevent additional hardships for this group of high risk individuals.

 This study has a second phase which includes introducing new Sesame Street curriculum, “Little children, BIG challenges: incarceration.”  A kit is issued to participants. The kit consists of a Sesame Street DVD, a guide for parents and caregivers and a Children’s storybook.