Breaking Cycles and Building Bonds…from Behind Bars

Did you know that in Maryland it is estimated that 90,000 children on any given day have a parent under correctional supervision?

The county jail might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about support programs for these children and families, but these jail offer innovative programs for families that find themselves in the difficult situation of being impacted by the criminal justice system and that reduce recidivism and improve the well-being of communities in the process.

At the MACo Winter Conference Session “Breaking Cycles and Building Bonds…from Behind Bars” learn about how local jails and community partners work to break the cycles of incarceration by strengthening family bonds.

Breaking Cycles and Building Bonds…from Behind Bars

Description: Parental incarceration puts families in a tumultuous situation. These families are at high risk for experiencing domestic, economic, educational, and behavioral instability. But being behind bars doesn’t have to sever family bonds or perpetuate the criminal justice cycle. By tapping into community-based resources and an inmate’s love for their child, local jails teach skills to help parents and their kids cope with incarceration and life outside the walls. In this session, learn more about innovative and award-winning programs that strive to break the cycle, keep families united, and ultimately create stability within the household and community.


  • Jane Sachs, Director of Correctional Training, Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services, Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions
  • Sharon Tyler, Program Manager, Baltimore County Department of Corrections
  • Florence Kennedy Stack – Founder & Director, Turning Pages, Inc.

Date/Time: Wednesday, December 7, 2016; 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The MACo Winter Conference will be held December 7-9, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort in Cambridge, Maryland. This year’s conference theme is “An Ounce of Prevention”.

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