- The Washington Times - Sunday, August 26, 2001


"Children of Incarcerated Parents," edited by Katherine Gabel and Denise Johnston, Lexington Books, 1995. The authors offer guidance to those who care about children whose parents are in prison, helping them to meet the children's needs and prevent intergenerational incarceration.

• "Women in Prison: Inside the Concrete Womb," by Kathryn Watterson, Northeastern University Press, 1996. The author takes nearly 1,000 interviews with inmates and prison officials and weaves their commentary with information, research and statistics.


DC CURE, or Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants, is a nonprofit membership organization of families of prisoners, prisoners, former prisoners and concerned citizens who are interested in reducing crime by reforming the criminal-justice system. Address: PO Box 2310, Washington, D.C. 20013-2310. Phone: 202/789-2126. Web site: www.curenational.org.

• Girl Scouts Behind Bars offers girls visitation opportunities with their incarcerated mothers as well as adult guidance and mentoring. Address: National Institute of Justice, 633 Indiana Ave. NW, Room 805, Washington, D.C. 20531. Phone: 202/514-6205. Web site: www.ncjrs.org/txtfiles/girlsct.txt.

• Opportunities, Alternatives & Resources (OAR) of Fairfax County is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping offenders and ex-offenders break the cycle of crime as well as assist their family members through one-on-one mentoring, life-skills instruction and financial planning. Volunteers are welcomed. Address: OAR at 10640 Page Ave., Suite 250, Fairfax, Va. 22030. Phone: 703/246-3033. Web site: www.oarfairfax.org.

• Family and Corrections Network is an all-volunteer organization offering information, training and technical assistance about children of prisoners, parenting programs for prisoners, prison visiting and incarcerated mothers and fathers. Address: 32 Oak Grove Road, Palmyra, Va. 22963. Phone: 434/589-3036. Web site: www.fcnetwork.org.

• The nonprofit Child Welfare League of America focuses on issues that impact children and develops policies to help them. Visit the Web site and click on "programs," then "Children With Incarcerated Parents" to find out how children are affected by incarceration and what the community can do to help. Address: 50 F St. NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, D.C. 20001. Phone: 202/638-2952. Web site: www.cwla.org.

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