|Televisiting maintains family connections during incarceration|
|By metro.us- Nikki M. Mascali|
The sounds of a pizza party, complete with cheerful children and laughter, spilled out into the hallway. The revelry was akin to an everyday family gathering — except some guests were attending remotely from a local prison.
The gathering was part of the New York Society for Ethical Culture’s Supportive Televisiting Services, a program that keeps children and their incarcerated parents connected. Studies have shown that such visits can reduce behavioral, emotional or other issues a child may have while separated from their parents.
“A big part of this program is to encourage the participation of the incarcerated person in their family and to give them the confidence they’re part of the family, they’re welcome in the family and ease the transition back into the community,” said Richard Koral, leader of Ethical NYC.
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