Family Support and Reentry

Research shows that one of the most important factors in recidivism is family support. Reducing conflict in families, building positive relationships and communication, and enhancing monitoring and supervision among pro-social family and friends is critical to preventing re-incarceration.

Educational Resources

  • Role of Family in Reentry – Presentation from WI Counties Association Educational Seminar, Community Corrections and Jail Reentry
  • Transitioning Jail Inmates: Why Family Matters – Presentation from Transitioning Jail Inmates Back to Community, Why Family Matters Seminar
  • Resource List
    Studies suggest that maintaining family ties and family support can be key factors in successful transition of returning inmates. The resources listed above share information, research and strategies to support individuals, families and children of incarcerated parents. Resources specific to jail populations and partners have been included.
  • Guide to Educational Programming with Incarcerated Audiences
    This document is designed to help University Educators make an informed decision about the possibility of working with incarcerated audiences. These questions may also be helpful as educators consider working with audiences affiliated with the correctional system, but not incarcerated themselves (i.e., persons on probation or parole and inmates’ family members).
  • Promising Life Skills Educational Programs for Incarcerated Audiences
    This document contains a preliminary list of promising life skills educational programs and resources for incarcerated audiences, specifically county jail inmates. Programs focus on parenting, literacy, personal growth and financial management. The document is intended for the use of University Extension county educators and others who are either currently providing educational programming in county jails or are thinking about doing so. Information in this document has been researched and reviewed by UW-Extension state faculty and staff.
  • Alternatives to Incarceration: An Evidence-Based Research Review
    This summary reflects an extensive and comprehensive review of the quantitative scientific literature related to ten correctional programs that are commonly used as alternatives to incarceration (e.g. electronic monitoring, home detention, drug courts). Particular attention was paid to researching alternatives to county jail incarceration. Also included is a Recommendations section highlighting implications for future research and criminal justice management.

    • A Technical Appendix to the Summary of Findings — Alternatives to Incarceration: An Evidence-Based Research Review
      This document provides supporting information and technical details for further investigation for the Summary of Findings entitled “Alternatives to Incarceration: An Evidence-Based Research Review.” Each of ten alternatives to incarceration is reviewed based on the following criteria: 1) a brief description of the approach; 2) highlights from scientific evaluations; 3) strengths of the approach; 4) weaknesses of the approach; and 5) additional resources for interested readers.
      To receive a copy of the Technical Appendix, contact:
      Justin Patchin, Ph.D.
      Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice
      Department of Political Science
      University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire
      Phone: 715.836.4058