Incarceration, parenting class, mothers


With growing public attention to the problem of mass incarceration, many individuals want to know about the vast rise in women’s incarceration rate; particularly concerning, the increase of mothers in prison. For many mothers, the only source of hope and motivation they have while involved in the criminal justice system is the connection with their children. This article demonstrates that educational programs focusing on parenting can help incarcerated mothers renew their parental role upon release from prison. The target audience for this article includes, but is not limited to, correctional facility administrators, family counselors, educators, and anyone with an interest in parenting after prison. This article can also serve as a platform to advocate for quality parenting classes for incarcerated mothers.

Author Bio

Dr. Kimberly Phillips is an Assistant Professor and Program Chair of Early Childhood Education at Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, and has spent the last five years working with incarcerated mothers.

Dr. Kyong-Ah Kwon is an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma.

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