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Summer Camp in a State Prison


(Photo: Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR)

When a child's father is sent to prison, it may be years before the child gets to see that man again. Traveling great distances for visits can be expensive. That's why Hope House was founded in 1998. It's an organization that conducts summer camps for the children of inmates. They do fun outdoor activities and crafts. And every day, they visit and reconnect with their fathers behind the prison walls.


(Photo: Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR)

Hope House operates two camps in Maryland, one in North Carolina, and partners with similar programs in California, Texas, and New Hampshire. Inmates can apply to participate after a year of good behavior and completing a parenting class.

Shereen Marisol of National Public Radio visited one of these camps in Maryland. You can listen to audio of her interviews with children and program directors here.

-via Lawrence E. Forbes


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