See Us Support Us Campaign 2019 Continues

A Look at Visiting Policies and Practices

Each week in October, NRCCFI will spotlight initiatives or resources that engage children and families impacted by incarceration as well as support programs that serve them.

Last week we highlighted the importance of engaging youth in defining the problems and expressing the realities. The art contest is still open at 

This week NRCCFI highlights an important publication from the Urban Institute and the National Institute of Corrections with funding from the US Bureau of Justice Assistance. This report offers a comprehensive guide to inform correctional administrators in their efforts to reduce barriers to incarcerated parents’ contact and communication with their children. Informed by leading experts in the field and individuals directly affected by parental incarceration, the guide describes many low-cost, high-impact practices and provides administrators with evidence on the effectiveness of recommended practices and helpful tips and resources for successful implementation. 



Model Practices for Parents in Prisons and Jails: Reducing Barriers to Family narrows in on partnership building, training and core competencies, parent-child communication and family-focused reentry. 

                                                               Video Visits

The topic of visiting between children and families and their incarcerated loved ones often includes discussion on the advantages and disadvantages of video calls or video visits. Advocates strongly urge policymakers to provide the video options as supplemental to and not replacements for, in-person visiting.

                             The Marshall Project Survey     



The Marshall Project is seeking input on video calls. They have created a survey to hear from people who use video calls to stay in touch with someone in prison or jail. The goal of the survey is to better understand how video services are used and to hear about issues related to the cost and the quality of the calls. Results will be included in an article on this topic for 

Complete the survey here: 

The Marshall Project is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that seeks to create and sustain a sense of national urgency about the U.S. criminal justice system. Their stories have been co-published by more than 100 publication partners including the New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, NPR, New Yorker, and Esquire. It is the youngest journalism organization to win the Pulitzer Prize.

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