Approximately 700,000 inmates are released from state and federal prisons each year. Once they return home, former incarcerated fathers face challenges as they return to society, including mending relationships with their families, finding housing, and overcoming poor job prospects. Statistics show that about two-thirds of persons released from prison re-offend within three years.
To meet these challenges, ACF funded five Community-Centered Responsible Fatherhood Ex-Prisoner Reentry Pilot Projects that are designed to provide healthy marriage, responsible parenting, and economic stability activities for formerly incarcerated parents and their families. These programs provide supportive services in partnership with other community organizations and aim to improve and strengthen the quality and stability of father, couple, and/or family relationships.