"The Challenge to Change" (video)
Did you Know?
In Indiana alone, over 2,000 female offenders are in the prison system on any given day. More than 400 are staying in the Marion County Jail in Indianapolis.
Research shows that over 80 percent of inmates are mothers, and the number of children impacted by a parent’s incarceration is skyrocketing.
Due to the great need for a facility like Craine House, we are often faced with a wait-list, and turning away applicants due to space issues.
Serving all Indiana residents Craine House works extensively with the Indiana Department of Corrections (DOC) and we accept qualified moms and children from counties all over the state. Craine House opens its doors to all Indiana residents – all of Indiana benefits from our programs and outreach.
The "Conviction Box"
Ban the Box: Employment Applications and the "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.”
Interested in Volunteering?
On the 3rd Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. to learn more about volunteering with Craine House. Register for the next meeting at 317.925.2833
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.