The Unvarnished Truth about the Prison Family Journey
The first boldly honest resource for those affected by mass incarceration in the U.S. is stimulating powerful discussion.
The United States is the largest jailer in the world. With just 5% of the world’s population, the U.S. incarcerates 25% of the world’s prisoners. The human and financial cost is staggering.
Traumatized and grieving when a loved one is incarcerated, millions of children and families of prisoners are met with as much disdain as the prisoner. Most withdraw and isolate from the mainstream community where their knowledge and abilities are lost to our society. Many ultimately become dependent on public assistance.
Similarly, knowledgeable, skilled, talented people are locked behind bars unable to produce any benefit for society. When released they return to a largely unwelcoming and unforgiving society. The result is a national recidivism rate that has hovered near and above 65% for decades.
The Unvarnished Truth about the Prison Family Journey illuminates the dire circumstances and offers effective guidance for confronting the devastation resulting from an entire family’s immersion in the prison culture.
The book is a bold, honest, realistic and practical guide for most productively navigating the daunting journey from the time of a loved one’s arrest through and following their community re-entry and family reunification.
The information is as relevant for those serving prisoners and their loved ones in such fields as counseling, criminal justice, education, social service and ministry as it is for members of the prison family.