The Houston Chronicle profiles a Texas prison program that allows incarerated women to stay in close touch with their children. Under the pilot program, Supporting Kids of Incarcerated Parents, the women and their children attend six-week classes before supervised visits at the jail.
At the correctional facility, instructors teach parenting skills and try to help offenders understand the emotional needs of their children. Children take classes to learn to cope with having mothers in jail. One goals is to encourage imprisoned mothers to value their children, which can become an incentive to lead better lives.