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3. Family Assistance

It is easy to see that families of most offenders suffer a great deal of hardship due to the incarceration of a spouse or parent. Further repercussions affect society as a whole.


Studies also acknowledge the value of maintaining family ties - not only for the sake of the offender's rehabilitation - but also for the preservation and welfare of the family. Thus, the family must be an integral part of the healing and developing process.


To be most effective, FamilyNet begins at the time of incarceration and continues long after release. Husbands, wives and children need to use this time of separation as a time of growth and development in life skills in order for the family to be stronger at the time of release.


At times, the help needed is very basic - food, clothing, or medical/dental treatment.

 

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