"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 is an innovative alternative sentencing work release program for women and their preschool aged children. Since 1993, Craine House has served nonviolent female offenders and their young children in a unique home-like setting offering comprehensive wrap-around services to end the cycle of incarceration and poverty for the families it serves. It provides a positive, structured environment where women with 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. We currently have room for 40 moms and their preschool age children.
Craine House is only one of six such programs in the United States—and the only one in the Midwest. Women are sentenced by a judge to live with their children at Craine House for 3 to 9 months, where they are matched with professional services that meet their individual needs. During that time, women are provided access to intensive case management and re-entry planning, as well as a wide array of other support services and programs, including:
The goal of Craine House is 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 continue to serve more women and their children from our communities throughout Indiana.
The typical resident sentenced to Craine House is twenty-six years old. She usually has two children; infant to five and many times she has an older child that is in foster care or with a family member. The population is usually a 50/50 split serving both Caucasian and African American and have completed the 11th grade. Most of the women have worked in some type of service industry in the past, make an average $760.00 per month and suffer from some type of trauma.