Frequently Asked Questions

What is Craine House and how did get its name?
Named after Bishop John P. Craine, who founded the original program for women coming out of the prison system, John P. Craine House (Craine House) has been in operation since 1978. Craine House is a unique, court-ordered alternative sentencing, work-release program dedicated to serving non-violent female offenders with pre-school children. In lieu of jail or prison, the program allows women from many locations throughout Indiana to serve their sentences with their children.

What makes Craine House unique among correctional facilities?
Craine House is one of only six such facilities in the U.S. and the only one in the Midwest. It is a nonprofit work-release facility which provides a court-ordered program offering a chance for women convicted of non-violent felonies to reside with their preschool age children while they serve their sentences and develop job, educational, 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.

What are the goals of Craine House?
The goals of Craine House are to break the cycles of abuse, poverty and crime — and to reduce the odds that children of offenders, or those who live in homes with domestic violence, will become perpetrators or victims of domestic violence. Studies show that these children are 70% more likely to commit violent crimes. Children of mothers in prison are five times more likely than their peers to end up in prison.

How successful has Craine House been in achieving its goals?
Craine House has attained a 20% recidivism rate — making our community safer and enabling young women who have made poor choices in the past to become responsible parents and more productive members of the community.

Nationally the recidivism rate is about 60%; in Indiana the recidivism rate is about 35%. 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.

What’s ahead for Craine House?
Craine House just announced an accelerated schedule to complete the remaining 16 rooms of our new facility. We completed Phase I (20 rooms) in September, 2013 and planned Phase II for Fall of 2014. However, with the growing list for women (with young children) in the correctional institutions that qualify for placement in Craine House, we have decided to take a “leap of faith” and expedite this construction. Currently we are serving 24 families and, with the completion of Phase II, will offer additional housing for 16 more.

Additionally, we also look forward to more community support and more volunteers. There are many ways in which your skills, interest, time, and financial support can help us.

What are Craine House’s specific goals?

  • 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, 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 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 services and/or resources.
  • Provide on-going support and services for both mothers and children after leaving Craine House.

How can I help?
Craine House is always in need of home furnishing and personal item donations, financial support and volunteers. Please visit our donation and volunteer pages for more information on how you can help Craine House.

What does Craine House need?
Please visit our wish list for more information.


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