Connecting Prison Inmates With Families

Feb 22, 2021

Nearly 2.7 million children in the U.S. have a parent behind bars. That’s one in every 28 children.

Finding a way for incarcerated parents to connect with their children during the pandemic hasn’t been easy. But a songwriting workshop at the Ohio Reformatory for Women found a way to maintain the connection – virtually.

Today on All Sides with Ann Fisher, the challenges and value of connecting prison inmates with families and creative programming during a pandemic.


  • Piper Kerman, prison reform advocate and author
  • Roni Burkes, deputy director of reentry, Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
  • Annette Dominguez, former director of the Tapestry program
  • Erin Blaemire, Tapestry graduate and former inmate at the Ohio Reformatory for Women
  • Mujeddid Muhammad, instructor, former inmate, London Correctional

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