ONLINE RESOURCES TO SUPPORT PRISONERS’ FAMILIES
Despite the significant developments made in the Criminal Justice System field, namely investing in offenders’ social reintegration programmes during detention or community measures, little attention has been paid to prisoners’ families and their needs during the re- entry process.
The experience of incarceration has a series of economic, social, and psychological impacts on prisoners’ families. These families are among the most vulnerable and disadvantaged populations in society, experiencing multidimensional and intersectional forms of inequality (Western and Pettit, 2010)
Many of these impacts on prisoners’ families can be alleviated by some moderators. NGOs, enterprises, and social services provide a diverse range of goods and services which are crucial for these families’ support and wellbeing.
However, these families often lack awareness on where and how to look for the right support.
UpFamilies’ main aims are to provide to prisoners’ families a compendium of existing services available that can support them, as well as to promote capacity-building for organizations that daily work with these families, so they can be better prepared for their unique needs.