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Parenting Program in Bexar County Helps Change an Inmate’s Life
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From Incarcerated Mother to Community Role Model: Unique Parenting Program in Bexar County Credited with Inmate’s Turnaround
By Rosanne Hughes

The current issue of ACA’s Correction Today magazine highlights a program for incarcerated mothers called MATCH. GRN-MATCHpng

Bexar County Jail  began MATCH more than 30 years ago. The program provides participants with structured  educational classes, e-books, and parent-child contact visits. In March 2014 the program began partnering with Bibliotech, a bookless library in Bexar County. The collaboration provides mothers in the program with e-books on parenting. Participants in MATCH are now housed together which allows them to support and learn from each other. The program addresses many of the issues unique to incarcerated women—addiction, trauma, homelessness, and being a single parent.

Michele Brown is one of the programs success stories. She participated in the program in the 1990’s. Initially she joined the program because she thought it would look good to a judge. She now credits the program with changing the direction of her life. After completing her sentence, Michele went on to earn a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Texas A&M University. She then returned to Bexar County as a reentry specialist. Her success  story highlights why programs like MATCH are important in breaking the cycle of drug addiction and crime.

 

Read the full article published in January/February 2016 Corrections Today

 

 

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Posted Tue, Jan 26 2016 3:00 PM by Elizabeth
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