Southeastern Correctional Institution Sponsored a Family Holiday for about 100 inmates.
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Prison Allows Inmates & Their Families to Celebrate the Holidays Early

Wings for LIFE International & Prison Fellowship, a prison outreach, put together a program that united families separated by bars this Christmas.

Southeastern Correctional Institution Family Christmas 2017
Southeastern Correctional Institution Family Christmas 2017. Image Source: Dispatch

With the help of volunteers, the Southeastern Correctional Institution (SCI) saw early holidays.

94 inmates at SCI had a chance to spend a Family day with their prison loved ones. Hugging prison wives, sons, daughters, girlfriends and other relatives close.

They enjoyed a one-of-a-kind day for the 2017 holidays.

A Prison Holiday Like No Other

With a festive look full of decorations in the prison gym, families came together. With teddy bears sewn by hand on the tables, prisoners showed commitment and excitement for the meetup.

Holiday carols and festive music sung by inmates and the prison chapel band made the ambiance a holiday season-worth party. Many men inmates had the opportunity to dance along with their prison children, and enjoyed every second of it.

For many of the inmates, this was one of the few times they got to see their family and enjoy a day with them. With visitation schemes getting more complicated, these initiatives get a warm welcome from inmates.

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The groups also have organized family holiday programs at about a dozen other state prisons in Ohio.

Southeastern Correctional Institution sponsored a family holiday for about 100 inmates.
Southeastern Correctional Institution sponsored a family holiday for about 100 inmates. Image Source: drcohio/twitter

The Importance of Prison Families

Jim Forbes of Prison Felllowship told The Columbus Dispatch:

“It’s so important when men are incarcerated to keep their ties with their families.

Especially at this time of year, family is so important. For this short amount of time, it allows them to focus on their families and do arts and crafts, like every other family does at this time of year, and forget where they are.”

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Among the other activities the inmates were able to do, they also decorated cookies with their kids. As a little extra, they also made Christmas cards with glitter, construction paper, and colored ornaments.

Many children looked fascinated and delighted to be able to spend a day with dad.

Mirza Gil is a full-time writer interested in everything social and controversial. She loves to drink coffee and watch documentaries about people of the world. Ms. Gil is a driven young professional with a passion for writing. She has collaborated with translating houses for Spanish, French, English and Portuguese. Mirza currently writes prison loved ones news for Prison Rideshare Network.

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Mirza Gil
Mirza Gil is a full-time writer interested in everything social and controversial. She loves to drink coffee and watch documentaries about people of the world. Ms. Gil is a driven young professional with a passion for writing. She has collaborated with translating houses for Spanish, French, English and Portuguese. Mirza currently writes prison loved ones news for Prison Rideshare Network.
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