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From Incarcerated Mother to Community Role Model: Unique Parenting Program in Bexar County Credited with Inmate's Turnaround
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Michele Brown had a “30-year history of cocaine addiction and spent many years in and out of the criminal justice system for crimes associated with her habit. After completing a prison sentence, Brown completed something else: her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Texas A&M University.” This Corrections Today article describes Brown’s journey and the Bexar County Mothers and Their Children (MATCH) parenting program that helped make it successful.

Highlights from the article:

  • Bexar County was the first in the nation to implement MATCH, a parent-child contact visitation program for incarcerated mothers, more than 30 years ago. The objective of the MATCH program is to expose incarcerated mothers to as much life-changing information as possible. Through structured educational classes, parent-child contact visits and an e-book program, officials seek to transform the lives of incarcerated mothers so they can become role models their children can emulate.
  • MATCH made headlines in March 2014, when the innovative program partnered with the first bookless library in the nation — Bibliotech, which is also in Bexar County. The partnership offers incarcerated mothers the opportunity to learn new life skills by providing them with e-readers preloaded with parenting books.
  • After earning her degrees, Brown returned to Bexar County as a reentry specialist. In the same way, other former MATCH women have become successful in a number of professions, including counseling.

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Posted Thu, May 19 2016 3:22 PM by Susan Powell
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