Lessons Learned from Parenting Inside Out Implementation in Minnesota Jails (2021-2023)

Beginning in 2019, six county jails in Minnesota formed a Model Jail Practices Learning Community focused on implementing new programming and strategies to better support incarcerated parents and their children. As a part of this work, the jails offered Parenting Inside Out (PIO), an evidence-based parenting skills training program for parents involved in the criminal legal system. This brief summarizes findings from surveys completed by PIO participants at the beginning and end of the program, lessons learned from program implementation, and data limitations.



Austin O'Neill, Jessie
Shlafer, Rebecca J.


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Sherburne County

In 2020, Sherburne County was awarded a grant from the Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention for their Family and Caregiver External Support (FACES) program. The FACES program works to expand services to meet the needs of incarcerated parents and their children through parenting education, increasing opportunities for communication between incarcerated parents and their children, and having a trauma advocate present when police are called to a home and may need a crisis-response advocate. Wilder Research evaluated the program to understand its impact and learn from the implementation process.

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