Programs that facilitate visits by family members or significant others to people who are inmates in a correctional facility by arranging for or offering local and long-distance transportation, providing current information about visitation conditions, offering a temporary place to stay or sponsoring other similar activities.
Programs that provide any of a variety of social services for individuals who are incarcerated in a correctional facility including personal and family counselling, information about and referrals to community services and connections to other supportive services offered by the institution. Inmate social services may provided by correctional facility staff or by community-based organizations that have a contractual relationship with the correctional system.
Programs that recruit and train people, usually volunteers, who are interested in providing support and friendship through regular personal visits to individuals who are incarcerated in a correctional facility.
Programs that provide counselling, prenatal and postnatal support, nutrition services, parenting education including child abuse prevention and/or a variety of other supportive services for incarcerated pregnant women and/or inmates who are parents. Goals are to ensure that inmates learn to be responsible parents, maintain emotional and physical connection with their children and develop a support system that they can rely on during their incarceration and after their release. Some programs provide home visits and other aftercare services to help parents transition back to the community.
Programs that provide church services, prayer meetings, religious study classes, pastoral counselling, religious literature and other forms of religious support for inmates in jails, prisons and juvenile detention centres.
The above terms and definitions are part of the Taxonomy of Human Services, used here by permission of INFO LINE of Los Angeles.