In my study of the article Prisoner’s Perceptions of Father-child Relationships and Social Support (2011), the main purpose of the research was to identify positive ways to re-integrate former inmates back into society. Researchers believe that if programs are set up and implemented prior to an inmate’s release, this would encourage more positive societal interactions upon re-entering society. One study that is believed to have a substantial positive effect on an inmate’s re-integration was maintaining relationships with the inmate’s child/children during incarceration. It was also suggested that programs be set into place before the inmate’s release to continue maintenance of these relationships.
In the article, methods that were used to conduct this research were self-reports from inmates as well as interviews of former inmates. Surveys were also conducted and given to those incarcerated as well as those released from prison. Prisoners were allowed to participate in a program titled “Long-Distance Dads” which encouraged responsible fatherhood during and after incarceration. Special attention was paid to inmates who participated in religious services and other programs such as Narcotics Anonymous and Alcoholics Anonymous as well.
The research results showed that those who reported support from family and loved ones, via visits and letters while incarcerated as well as emotional and financial support upon release, helped make re-integration a bit easier. Also, former inmates reported that having children to re-connect with gave them a sense of belonging, importance and purpose. Inmates who participated in programs and workshops listed above reported that the support activities prided gave them a positive perception of social support and availability.
The conclusion of the research suggests that inmates who participated in positive and supportive programs and services offered within the facility showed an increased potential for positive re-entry into society....