The populations targeted by the Healthy Marriage Initiative and the Serious and Violent Offender Re-entry Initiative (SVORI) and other reentry programs can overlap considerably. The majority of incarcerated individuals are parents, and of these, roughly a quarter are married and 46 percent were living with their children and presumably their child's mother at the time of their arrest. Marital, cohabiting and parent-child relationships are at especially high risk of disruption when parents are involved in the criminal justice system. For those who want to continue their family relationships, there is currently little institutional support to assist the family. On April 20 and 21, 2006, ASPE convened a diverse group of experts with research and practice knowledge about incarceration and reentry, marriage strengthening, family processes, and domestic violence. The purpose of the "Research and Practice Symposium on Marriage and Incarceration" was to understand more fully the strategies for improving outcomes for couples who want to maintain healthy marriages during and after one of the partners is incarcerated. (Author abstract, modified)
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