Success Stories

Reduced Recidivism, Better Parental Participation, Better Attitude

Parenting Inside Out has had a meaningful impact on inmates, their children and their families. In many instances, inmates who had never had relationships with their children have learned how to connect with them from prison and after they have released into the community.

The Parenting Inside Out program’s influence on inmates’ lives extends beyond learning good parenting skills. A sound social network is one of the critical pieces to ensuring successful transition to living in the community. Through rebuilding family relationships, inmates set the stage for reentering the community and living positive, pro-social lives.

The video “What About Us?” produced by students from the University of Oregon School of Journalism tells the story of incarcerated mothers and fathers and their success in parenting from behind bars.

Aaron is a young father who recently completed the Parenting Inside Out class at the Oregon State Penitentiary.