Our vision is reconciling husband to wife, parent to child, sister to brother, offender to community. Family Reconciliation Center recognizes that the families of the incarcerated are forgotten victims of crime. Innocent of any wrong-doing, they often are blamed and ostracized by friends and the community.
Through individual and family support, assistance and advocacy, the Family Reconciliation Center creates an environment where families can support one another in order to meet their basic physical, emotional, and spiritual needs; strengthen and maintain family bonds throughout the crisis of incarceration; and aid in readjustment upon release of loved ones, thereby reducing recidivism and making a safer community for everyone.
1. To "pump up" our programs. Since it started in 1984, Separate Prisons has helped thousands of families through the painful experience of having a loved one incarcerated. Evidence shows that more can be done to help clients entering our doors. By hiring an Executive Director who is also a licensed mental health service provider (LPC/MHSP), we will be able to provide professionally led, therapy groups, as well as individual, couples and family counseling. We are partnering with Correctional and other non-profit agencies (Project New Beginning & Leaving The Cocoon, to date) to create a successful transition/aftercare programs for families of ex-offenders.
What is often overlooked by the criminal justice system is the relationship between inmates and their families. The majority of women and men in prison are parents of children under the age of 18. There can be many issues that arise when a parent is incarcerated. It is often stated that when a parent is incarcerated, the children also “do the time.” Children who have parents in prison are more likely to have difficulty in school, and engage in substance abuse, delinquency, and gang related activities. 63% of youth suicides, 85% behavior disorders, 71% of high school dropouts, and 90% of homeless & runaway children are from fatherless homes (US Health and Human Services Census). With a father incarcerated, the child doubles the risk of physical, emotional, or educational neglect. Daughters with an incarcerated father are 71% more likely to have children as teenagers. Children of incarcerated parents are 80% more likely to be incarcerated themselves. A child of an incarcerated parent is 25 times more likely to be incarcerated than the poorest in Appalachia. Children who have a parent in prison are often traumatized from separation and have no support or role models to guide them.
The Family Reconciliation Center offers assistance to families of the incarcerated. The Center offers programs for the children to give them a sense of purpose and hope. Family reunification, anger management and parenting classes are offered to the incarcerated while they are in prison. A guesthouse increased visits and strengths family ties. The Family Reconciliation Center made a decision 30 years ago to help make a difference in the lives of the incarcerated and their families. We need more help, because the need is so great. Please make a decision to be part of this amazing organization were lives are being changed.
Recognizing the harm inflicted on the community as a whole, we must acknowledge that mass incarceration punishes more that the individual. Add the ill effects stemming from a lack of mental health care and substance abuse treatment, we add insult to injury, solve no real problems, and contribute to a moral community decline and a revolving door at the Dept. of Correction.
New Beginning Society (NBS) is a supportive, healing community empowering ex-offenders and, when possible, their family members, after release from incarceration. Most of the time, when an individual is released, there are transition issues and stressors that impact themselves and their family members. In fact, the issues are intense enough that they can lead to relapse or resumption of old behaviors that lead to reincarceration. The statistics reflect that most people recidivate from 3 months to 3 years after release and the rate of return in some areas is 70%. The reentry needs of the family are tremendous. The pressure upon these families is heavy. Expectations are high to “make up for lost time,” be successful, and not let anyone down. These expectations can turn to disappointments with just one mistake. New Beginning Society serves those reentering society after incarceration & their loved one by offering a safe space for these families to find realistic expectations and healing.
Malinda is licensed in the State of Tennessee as a Professional Counselor with Mental Health Services Provider designation. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and Nashville Area Association of Christian Counselors.
Malinda earned a Master of Arts in Counseling from Trevecca University in 1995. She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Science in Human & Organizational Development in 1993.
Malinda completed practicum specializing in addiction and recovery on site at Mending Hearts in Nashville. From 2008-2010, she designed and operated a Family Reunification Counseling program through Leaving The Cocoon where she assisted women and families. The program was funded by a special grant through the Dept. of Correction. Her doctoral internship was with Associates for Sexual Abuse Prevention where she conducted therapy groups as well as individual and couples counseling. She became an approved sex offender treatment provider for the state of Tennessee in November 2012. Her administrative, grant-writing and program development skills were honed while serving at Men of Valor, Restore Ministries of the YMCA, and Project Return, Inc. She was the twice the Co-Chair of the Faith in Corrections Conference, a state-wide consortium promoting partnerships and volunteerism within the faith community, service agencies, and within the Department of Correction.
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Prisoners recede to a place far out-of-sight and out-of-mind for most citizens until their release. The concept of prisoner rehabilitation concerns the ability of the correctional system and other agencies to effectively reintroduce a past offender as a law-abiding, productive member of society. Tennessee released 14,735 prisoners in 2010 in need of a source of income and aid in developing a stable, sustainable lifestyle. Our state’s effort to prevent recidivism, or the relapse of an individual into criminal activity that prompts their return to prison, consists of programs designed to provide past offenders the guidance, training, and opportunities necessary to lower their chances of reoffending.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common psychological injury sustained by approximately 25% of our military service members who see combat. PTSD has devastating effects on those who suffer from it and their family members. The symptoms, such as hyper-alertness, dissociation, sleeplessness, and emotional detachment, give rise to even more serious problems like alcoholism, drug abuse, divorce, domestic violence – and even suicide. There is no “cure” for PTSD.
“I’ve never shared my story with anybody.” -- The first step toward recovery can be the most difficult. The ability to engage in productive activities, to find relationships with other people fulfilling, and to adapt to change and cope with adversity are each vital to enjoying a happy and healthy life. But each of these facilities can be significantly impaired by mental health disorders. A mental health diagnosis should not define who a person is, or what a person can achieve through treatment and support. Middle Tennessee nonprofit organizations are ready to help make that first step toward good health a little easier.
In today's climate of economic uncertainty, Middle Tennesseans may be concerned about the potential of rising crime. Fortunately, there are ways we can work together to protect ourselves and our communities from crime.
Crime prevention cannot be achieved by one body alone. Rather, effective crime prevention results from a web of institutions, agencies, and daily life — including communities, families, schools, and the legal institutions of policing and criminal justice.
In Tennessee, gang presence has been on the rise since the late 1980s and early 1990s, when gangs first made a concerted push into the state. Since 2011, police have identified at least 5,000 gang members in Davidson County, and gang-related crimes have increased by 25%. Meanwhile, cities with 50,000 or fewer inhabitants have seen gang-related crimes triple in frequency nationally since 2005.
Homelessness is most visible in downtown urban settings, where individuals can be seen sleeping in public places and transporting their belongings in the stereotypical shopping cart. In reality, though, homelessness entraps many more people and families than those readily visible in typical urban environments. “Homelessness” implies that an individual or family does not have a permanent housing situation. According to this definition, individuals living in emergency shelters, transitional housing facilities, domestic violence shelters, or those traveling from couch to couch are all suffering from homelessness.
An estimated 9,113 homeless persons lived in the state of Tennessee in 2011. Twenty-six percent of those homeless persons resided in the Middle Tennessee region...
“Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home.” In the United States, it is a typical expectation that everyone will have the opportunity to live in a decent and affordable home, in a community that promotes opportunity and a better quality of life in a secure and attractive environment.
Families in poverty often do not achieve this expectation. Instead, many live in distressed neighborhoods, which often lack grocery stores, banks, and health resources. These neighborhoods typically have relatively high rates of crime and unemployment, as well as under-performing schools. Climbing out of poverty is even more difficult because of the lack of entry-level jobs in or near distressed neighborhoods, in combination with the lack of affordable housing in suburban communities where personal vehicles are often necessary to get to places of employment...
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