Family Preservation Project: Mothering from the Inside
Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, Oregon’s only women’s prison, houses roughly 1,300 incarcerated women. 85% of incarcerated women are mothers. Of all of the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, children often suffer the greatest consequences. In 2003, Jessica Katz founded the first iteration of the Family Preservation Project at Coffee Creek. This project, which has multiple programs, works to interrupt intergenerational cycles of poverty, addiction and criminal justice involvement. During the 2015-2017 legislative session, program staff and families who had been served by the program worked to introduce and pass legislation creating a Bill of Rights for Children of Incarcerated Parents, making Oregon the first state to do so. Join us today to learn more about the work that lies ahead to turn these rights into realities. Presentation by Jessica Katz, Family Preservation Project Director.