A Place for New Beginnings – 2014:

In September of 2013, Craine House moved into their new home. Nine women and their children unpacked their belongings in this newly remodeled home on North Michigan Road. Five years in the planning and the dreams have become a reality.

Within two months after moving to their new home, Craine House grew to 24 families! Seeking to reduce the waiting list for mothers and children qualified for this unique opportunity of an alternative to traditional incarceration, we grew at an amazing rate.
Now, with the needs still so great for women and children in the correctional system, Craine House has decided to continue our expansion and complete the additional rooms planned for Phase II. Phase I remodeling houses 24 families; Phase II is now complete and we now have space for 40 moms and their preschool age children. Corrections officials are anxious to make use of our successful program to help reduce the recidivism rate for their non-violent female offenders.

Craine House has achieved a 20% recidivism rate (nationally the recidivism rate is approximately 60%) and at a much less cost over traditional imprisonment. It keeps our communities safer and enables young women who have made poor choices in the past become responsible parents and more productive members of the community. Children of offenders are reportedly five times more likely to become victims or perpetrators of domestic violence and much more likely to commit violent crime. The goal of Craine House is to break these cycles of abuse, poverty and crime.

Craine House looks forward to serving more women and children. With this latest expansion we can offer even more counseling and programming to help the women and their children. There are many ways in which your skills, time, interest and financial support can help us. For more information, click on the DONATE tab of this website.

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What is Craine House?

Craine House is a unique court-ordered work release facility serving non-violent women, women who are pregnant, mothers and mothers with preschool aged children. It is in its 36th year providing a secure and structured environment in which women from all counties throughout Indiana serve their sentences for non-violent offenses. It provides a positive, structured environment where women with preschool age children may live WITH their mothers, thus strengthening the mother-child bond and helping mothers learn improved parenting abilities and children to develop learning and social skills. Craine House is one of only nine such facilities in the U.S. and the only one in the Midwest. On-site programming includes educational and vocational opportunities, such as HSE classes (formerly GED), job readiness skills, substance abuse counseling, culinary programs and anger management classes. Collaborating with numerous community resources, Craine House matches each resident with these resources and provides on-going support and services for both mother and children after leaving Craine House.

Craine House allows the women to live with dignity in a safe, supportive environment, preserving the mother-child relationships, while they develop skills to improve their lives and better provide for their families.

It is a nonprofit work-release facility which provides a court-ordered program offering a chance for women convicted of non-violent offenses to reside with their preschool age children while they serve their sentences and develop job, educational/vocational, parenting and relationship skills, build their self-esteem and prepare to return to the community able to ensure a better future for themselves and their children.

The goal of Craine House is to break the generational cycles of abuse, poverty and crime. Programs and services for the children improve their sense of security and social skills and reduce their risk of substance abuse, behavioral disorders, academic failure, delinquency and violence.

Craine House looks forward to increasing our public awareness, involvement and volunteer help. Thank you for your support in the past and we hope you will continue to keep Craine House in your giving as we continue to serve more women and their children from our communities throughout Indiana.


  • Provide a secure and structured environment in which women serve their sentences for non-violent felonies.
  • Provide a unique and positive environment in which preschool children may live with their mothers, thus increasing the strength of the mother-child bond while mothers develop enhanced parenting skills and children develop learning and social skills.
  • Offer educational opportunities, such as on-site HSE (formerly GED) classes, and encourage job readiness skills.
  • Address and provide help for substance abuse and anger management issues.
  • Provide emotional and counseling support, including life skills and awareness of available community resources.
  • Provide on-going support and services for both mothers and children after leaving Craine House.

Conversation with Mike Lloyd, Indiana Department of Corrections
Recently, Mike Lloyd, Director of Transitional Facilities and Community Based Programs for the Indiana Department of Corrections had a conversation with Marylin Day, board member with Craine House.  The discussion centered around alternative sentencing programs and the future of this type of correctional programming.

Marylin: “You have had a number of years working within the correctional field.  How do you feel about alternative sentencing programs like Craine House and what do you see in the future for this kind of correctional programming?”

Mike:  ”There are some bad people that truly belong in prison; but there is a large number of people that did not intentionally do wrong or just plain made bad choices.  I believe we should ‘sanction’ this group, not imprison them.  Leaving these individuals in the community seeks to keep families together, taxes paid, and offer opportunities for additional programming.”“The future is pointing to utilizing the alternative sentencing idea more; especially for low risk offenders.”

For more of this conversation, click here.

Ban the Box: Employment Applications and “Conviction Box”
Our recovering economy added a robust 288,000 jobs in April. For many this is a good sign, but for those with a criminal background, no matter whether they have redeemed themselves, a “no” from a prospective employer is an almost certainty when asked, “do you have any kind of criminal record?”

What can a person do once they have served their sentence, fulfilled their obligation to society for their mistake and want to re-enter their community honestly and work once more? Click here to learn about how our cities and states are “moving to ban the conviction box.”

Craine House Annual Report – 2013
Craine House 990 – 2012


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