To protect the citizens of the Commonwealth and to provide a safe, secure and humane environment for staff and offenders in carrying out the mandates of the legislative and judicial processes; and, to provide opportunities for offenders to acquire skills which facilitate non-criminal behavior.

 Family Engagement Sessions 

What is a family engagement session?
The Department of Corrections has developed “Family Engagement Sessions” to educate families about the corrections system.The session will be facilitated by DOC staff, and will also involve local agencies involved in providing services in the community.The family engagement session is designed to answer the basic questions a family member may have about the process of incarceration, release and supervision after release.

What is the purpose of the family engagement session?
The purpose is to provide basic information about the corrections system, where offenders are housed and what programs are available for them.Additionally information about how to cope with an incarcerated loved one and area resources will be available.

How long will it last?
The informational presentation will last no longer than one hour and will cover information needed for those that have a loved one incarcerated and those individuals nearing release. The session will discuss issues related to initial incarceration, program availability, offender needs as they prepare for release, and transition back into the community. After the presentation we will have the floor open for families to ask questions.

Why is it important to attend?
If you need assistance or more information about incarceration, the Department of Corrections representatives will be available to answer questions and discuss how to prepare for the offender’s release.

What will I learn about?
Topics that will be discussed include: housing, programs, supervision and other concerns of family members in attendance.