Building family support systemsLocal criminal justice issues are a source of growing concern for Wisconsin communities as skyrocketing corrections costs pull resources from other critical services. Across state and local sectors, stakeholders such as local government, law enforcement and social services professionals are seeking ways to reduce costs, prevent crime, protect children and reduce recidivism.

Research shows that family support contributes a vital piece to helping incarcerated individuals move back to the community. Family Living Programs is actively working with county partners, jail administrators, the Wisconsin Department of Corrections, to create greater awareness and use of programs and practices with incarcerated audiences and their families.  By teaching life and family skills to jail inmates, drug court and probation and parole clients. Family Living educators are a making an impact to improve relationships and enhance family support systems.