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.

Craine House has just completed their second expansion (Phase II) of their new facility! We can now have 40 moms and their preschool age children living in our house. Corrections officials are pleased to be able to offer our successful programming to even more women and children 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 as high as 70% more likely to become victims or perpetrators of domestic violence and much more likely to commit violent crime. The goals of Craine House are to break these cycles of abuse, poverty and crime.

Craine House took a leap of faith when we planned to go ahead and complete Phase II ahead of schedule. With women and children from the traditional prison system on a waiting list, the board decided to proceed with the final 16 rooms. We can now offer hope to even more families and with your skills, time, interest and financial support we can continue to offer more opportunities to those women and children that qualify to live at Craine House.

Thank You!

Craine House is in its 36th year as a court-ordered work release program 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 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 six such facilities in the U.S. and the only one in the Midwest. On-site programming includes educational and vocational opportunities, such as TASC/HSE (formerly GED) classes, 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, structured, 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 goals of Craine House are 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 grow to serve more women and their children in our communities.


  • 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 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 TASC/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.

Craine House resident Kara and her son, Axel with Karen Hensel from WISH TV

Craine House resident Kara and her son, Axel with Karen Hensel from WISH TV

WISH-TV News Report
Craine House was recently featured on WISH-TV news report (August 28) on the evening news. Karen Hensel, WISH TV reporter, met with Executive Director, Suzanne Pierce and spoke with several residents about their life inside of Craine House.

Kara and her son, Axel, are current residents of Craine House. She is soon to be released from Craine House after serving her court ordered sentence. She told Karen about living at Craine House and, although she is scared, how she feels ready to move on to the next chapter in her life. With the intense programming offered by Craine House, Kara has learned how to be a good parent and a good citizen of Indiana.

To see the interview, please visit this website.

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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