Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition

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Parenting From Prison

The needs of children and families are mostly ignored in the design of criminal justice policy. In order to address this inequity, CCJRC staff, along with child welfare professionals, lawyers, Department of Corrections personnel, caregivers, and incarcerated parents, developed a groundbreaking manual entitled Parenting from Prison: A Legal Resource Guide for Incarcerated Parents in Colorado. This publication is designed to provide men and women with concrete information on how to parent from prison, work with caregivers, and navigate the legal system in a divorce, child support, paternity, or dependency and neglect case. To date, over sixteen thousand copies have been distributed to parents in prison, caregivers, child welfare professionals, and court facilitators in Colorado. It has also been profiled at several national child welfare conferences.

It is our intention that this publication be made available to any interested prisoner for free. You can download Parenting from Prison (2.6mb PDF).


65% of women in prison are mothers of children under 18 years old.

1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men sent to prison were convicted of a drug offense.