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Children spend a 'Holiday with Dad' at PCF event

Saturday, December 24, 2011

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PUTNAMVILLE -- Christmas came early at the Putnamville Correctional Facility (PCF) as children recently spent a day with dad, in observance of the upcoming holidays.

Eleven incarcerated fathers and 30 children and guests spent the day in the facility's recreation area amid mouthwatering aromas of holiday cookies, the sounds of shuffle board, basketball, book reading and children's laughter.

The Holiday with Dad event, coordinated by case managers James Bennett and Dwaine Short, allowed offenders who had graduated from the Inside Out Dads program to engage in activities specifically selected to encourage one-on-one interaction between father and child.

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In addition to games, guests were wowed by magic tricks performed by Correctional Officer Joseph Browning and his assistant Pam Browning.

"During this time of year, it's children who are impacted the most by the separation from their fathers. Anything that we can do to minimize the impact of the father's absence is beneficial to both the offender and child," said Craig Grage, PCF assistant superintendent of programs.

Inside Out Dads is a program designed to promote responsible and active parenting.

One of the participants, Cannon Fisher, 31, Indianapolis, told staff members, "Today showed us what we're missing and inspires us to do better. My son and daughter got a thrill out of playing with dad."

Fisher, who is serving a sentence for dealing cocaine, is expected to be released in 2017.

"Family has been the catalyst for many individual achievements," PCF Superintendent Stanley Knight said. "If their only reason not to re-offend is to be a good role model to their children, then this program is a success."


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RIDICULOUS......TRY SPENDING SOME OF THOSE DOLLARS ON THE EMPLOYEES WHO HAVE TO WORK ALL HOLIDAYS...EVEN CHRISTMAS, AND CAN'T BE WITH THEIR FAMILIES. YOU CAN THANK OUR GLORIOUS GOVERNOR, MITCH DANIELS, FOR HONORING CRIMINALS INSTEAD OF THE EMPLOYEES.

-- Posted by Michele1953 on Mon, Dec 26, 2011, at 10:35 AM

Wonderful program.

If someone does not want to work on holidays,

then work somewhere other than where they do!!!

-- Posted by Foxridge on Tue, Dec 27, 2011, at 10:23 AM

Sorry .. but in my opinion .. you give up the right to freedoms the rest of us possess when you CHOOSE to break the law - for whatever reason.

Of course, I'm for capital punishment and chain-gangs. Not Club Med for these guys (or gals). Anything other than a cot, and 3 meals (not even square meals) day is too much.

-- Posted by Emmes on Tue, Dec 27, 2011, at 11:36 AM

This is so great to hear. For those of you with your head in the sand. It is IMPORTANT to for all parents to have a chance to build relationships with their children. Incarcerated or not. I hope they repeat this program next year!

-- Posted by MyOpinion45 on Mon, Jan 2, 2012, at 2:32 PM

I think this was a great program for everyone involved. And its not the childrens fault that they can not b with their fathers. Why should they be punished? Stop thinking about yourself and think about what a great day it was for the kids.

-- Posted by RNLONG on Thu, Jan 19, 2012, at 5:59 PM


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