History of Craine House

A brief history of John P. Craine House, Inc.


In 1978, John P. Craine, the late Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese, created Craine House as a facility for women leaving prison.  Craine House was designed to give women coming out of the prison system a second chance at rehabilitation and community reintegration.  Women were given the support and tools they needed to make positive steps towards a law-abiding life.


In 1993, the Board of Directors expanded the mission of Craine House to include the unintended victims of the criminal justice system  ̶  the children.  Since inception, Craine House has served over 600 families.   Women sentenced to Craine House are referred through residential contracts from Marion County Community Corrections and the Indiana Department of Correction.  Currently, Craine House serves 34 families with a capacity of 40, and is the only facility in the Midwest, and one of six facilities in the nation that allow women to serve their sentence along with their pre-school age children, infant to five.  Our staff to resident ratio is much higher than traditional incarceration.



Craine House is a not for profit 501c3 innovative residential facility with programs that are designed to provide wraparound services and holistic, women’s centered programming for up to 40 women and 100 children.  Women at Craine House are those with a non-violent felony and are either pregnant or have a child infant to five.  Craine House is currently located in a 28,000 square foot residential facility at 6130 North Michigan Road. We have provided services to more than 700 residents and children.










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