|The Idaho State Correctional Institution in Orofino,
Idaho has been using Parenting with Dignity™
with their inmates in their very innovative educational program.
The results have been amazing. As inmates use the tapes to
consider how they can be more effective parents to their children the first
thing that happens is that their own behavior improves!
Next, they learn the skills to go out into the very community
that produced their own criminal behavior and be a force for change on behalf of
the kids in that community.
It has shown awesome results. Breaking the crime cycle,
and changing criminal thinking is key to reducing crime. Parenting with Dignity
is a critical piece of the puzzle to do just that!
Governor and Mrs. Kempthorne are key to making this work because they may be a
couple of the most innovative thinkers about prison reform and prison education.
They have been extremely supportive in our efforts to build the link into
These pictures show Mac and Drew
Bledsoe visiting the institution.