Incarceration disrupts the lives of not only the 2.3 million Americans behind bars, but their families and communities as well. That's a lot of pain and need. How can Christians help?
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• More than 2 million American children have a parent in state or federal prison (source: Family and Corrections Network).
Warden Christine Boyd of the Decatur [Ill.] Correctional Center tells how an inmate's child looks at her mom's photo while listening to her mom's voice on CD. Read "Turning the page" to learn more about the Lutheran Social Services of Illinois Storybook Project.
• More than 60 percent of parents in prison are held more than 100 miles from home (source: Illinois Department of Corrections).
• 90 percent of children with an incarcerated father live with their mother; 50 percent of children with an incarcerated mother live with their grandmother (source: Family and Corrections Network).
• From 1997 to 2009, more than 21,000 incarcerated mothers and fathers at federal, state and county correctional centers in Illinois sent 31,500 books to their children through 473 Storybook events (source: Lutheran Social Services of Illinois).
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