“Parents who go to prison do not suffer the consequences alone”

Incarcerated Parents and Their Children: Trends 1991-2007,” released Feb 2009. In the North End, we estimated that about 15% of the population pass through the criminal justice system every year. Assuming an average household of 2-3 people, almost half of all residents are directly affected by incarceration, and its profoundly disruptive and destabilizing consequences. This was the motivation for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded “Bridge Project,” run by the North End Outreach Network (NEON) in partnership with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department. The Bridge Project engaged incarcerated North End residents–and their families–in order to facilitate a continuum of care and successful re-entry. 



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