"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
Craine House provides evidence-based programs that allow residents to learn skills, understand self at a level never before explored. They are given opportunities to practice learning’s both inside Craine House with staff and other residents and in the community as they work, attend school and go about the business of daily living. Each resident completes an individual service plan to outline the needs and goals to achieve while at Craine House. Our programs are a combination of services provided by Craine House staff and community partners. To reduce barriers for our clients such as child care and transportation we provide services at 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 interviewer Marylin Day. 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.
Harvard Magazine recently published an article discussing why education, life skills training and rehabilitation are necessary to reduce the recidivism rate of our current burgeoning prison population. Click for more information.