Smart Decarceration

The Support4Families evaluation was designed to assist families who struggle with the emotional strain of providing support to loved ones releasing from prison, and who may resort to maladaptive coping strategies that can deteriorate over the course of reentry.

The Support4Familes program consists of six phases of intervention and support for family members and loved ones of incarcerated individuals. The first half of the 12 week program, aimed at skill development, was designed to be conducted while loved ones are still incarcerated. The second half, aimed at the practice of those skills, would be conducted after the loved ones release from prison.

The program and evaluation is  being conducted in St. Louis City and St. Charles County, Missouri.

Funding Partner: Lutheran Foundation of St. Louis

Principal Investigator


Carrie Pettus

Carrie Pettus

CSD Faculty Director; Justice System Partners
Smart Decarceration: Reversing Mass Imprisonment in America