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International Prisoner’s Family Conference

The InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference was initiated in 2009 to address critical issues of those affected by incarceration personally and/or professionally. The conference has attracted attendees from across the country and abroad.



The conference goal is to strengthen the entire prison family and promote successful reentry and reunification, reducing the rate of recidivism by providing critical connections, information and resources for families and secular and faith based organizations serving prisoners and their families.


Like most conferences, this one features dynamic knowledgeable speakers and provides opportunities to learn best practice approaches and exchange creative ideas, but it is so much more.  It offers such amazing opportunities to network and receive and provide encouragement and support that it has even been described as “magical!”  However, the “magical” part of this conference is intangible and cannot be fully understood without actually being there.  But here are some of the tangible highlights:

Families – The conference offers prison family members the opportunity to meet and share with other family members experiencing similar concerns. Participants build many lasting friendships for on-going support and encouragement.

InterNational Experts – Participate in the largest international conference specifically addressing issues relevant to all prison families. Learn from the private and public, secular and faith based sectors, including criminal justice; social service; academia; ministry and others serving the prisoner and their family and from prison family members themselves, including successfully reintegrated former prisoners.

One on One Meetings – You will have ample opportunity to meet and share ideas and information with other attendees from various non-profits, federal, state and local agencies and faith-based organizations, as well as members of prison families from across the country and even internationally. This allows for discussion of potential collaborations.

Exhibitors Showcase – Speakers, attendees and sponsors showcase services and offer resource materials and literature. This event engages a wide variety of secular and faith-based organizations serving prisoners, family members and experts in the field.

Prisoners Fine Art Display & Silent Auction – Attendees have the opportunity to vote on the winners of the annual conference prisoners’ fine art competition, as well as to view the exceptional works of artists behind bars.  The small art works are available for silent auction, and winning attendees will take home a lovely memory of the conference.

Social Networking – Social networking will help you connect with many participants prior to and following the conference by simply “liking” the Prisoner’s Family Conference Facebook page.  You may also follow us on Twitter by connecting with #PrisonersFC.

 Advocacy Participation – The conference Advocacy in Action Coalition meetings offer those with significant concerns about criminal justice at any and all levels the opportunity to engage in actively advocating for needed change. Uniting to voice concerns strengthens each individual voice and possibilities for change.

International Network for Children with Incarcerated Parents – Meet with caring individuals from around the world, working to improve the conditions for children.

Professionals– Those employed throughout the criminal justice system, as well as college and university students preparing for careers that will place them in contact with prisoners and prison family members have a special opportunities for facilitated discussion and meetings with those most directly impacted by the criminal justice system.