CLFC & Reentry (Prison Recidivism Reduction)
An innovative version of the Creating Lasting Family Connections® (CLFC) curriculum specifically adapted by the CLFC program developer for serving adult men and women who are incarcerated or reentering the community after a period of incarceration, military service, or any other form of physical or emotional separation has demonstrated statistically significant results in reducing prison recidivism. The original version of CLFC is listed on the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP). Since the adapted version, The Creating Lasting Family Connections® Fatherhood Program: Family Reintegration has produced such strong results, NREPP has expressed interest in reviewing the adaptation for possible inclusion on their registry. In addition, COPES was awarded the prestigious 2010 Exemplary Award for successfully working with adult men (and women) reentering the community after incarceration. This marked the fourth time in its history that COPES received an Exemplary Award.
CLFC Teaches Effective Skills for Reentry Men and Women
- CLFC promotes communication and refusal skills for resisting negative influences.
- CLFC promotes emotional awareness and expression skills so that reentry men and women can process emotions that might have previously negatively impacted their judgment and possibly triggered criminal behaviors that could jeopardize their freedom.
- CLFC promotes relationship and family strengthening skills so that reentry men and women can develop a deep and wide network of positive support.
- CLFC promotes self-efficacy, and nurtures personal and family trust and openness so that participants are more likely to reach out for help with personal and family issues.
CLFC openly embraces and gently addresses many of the most critical concerns and challenges faced by the reentry population, including reconnecting with family and children, responding effectively to a variety of pressures from work, family, friends and others, and managing the deep gulf of painful emotions like guilt, shame, fear and powerlessness that often comes with making a “whole-life” shift from prison to the community.
In two quasi-experimental research studies with comparison groups conducted by Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE) and McGuire & Associates, the adapted version of CLFC achieved statistically significant improvements in all 9 of the following targeted measures:
- Communication skills
- Conflict resolution skills
- Intrapersonal skills
- Emotional awareness skills
- Emotional expression skills
- Interpersonal skills
- Relationship management
- Relationship satisfaction
- Relationship commitment
Some of the most promising and statistically significant research that emerged from our work with reentry men and women were drastic reductions in prison recidivism. Two separate quasi-experimental studies showed that participants in the adapted version of the CLFC program were 3 to 4 times more likely than comparison group participants to not go back to prison. That means more parents remained at home with their families and children.
In addition to the quasi-experimental research studies, respondents to CLFC retrospective surveys analyzed by McGuire & Associates showed the following results:
- 88% of the participants in CLFC reported that their personal use of alcohol and/or drugs has gone down since they started the program.
- 59% more respondents “strongly agree” that they feel empowered to make positive changes for their family after participating in CLFC
- 99% of the respondents report that they are “Much more likely” or “Somewhat more likely” to talk with a trusted adult family member about a personal or family problem, after participating in the CLFC program.
- 72% more respondents “strongly agree” that they have the confidence to say “no” when they need to following their involvement in CLFC.
Reentry Participant Testimonials
Here is what some of our past reentry participants have said about the CLFC program:
“I was before this program a passive person. During my participation in COPES I learned that expressing your feeling or validating someone else’s feelings is very helpful in having a positive relationship with friends of family or even complete strangers. I have spent a lot of years incarcerated and I honestly believe COPES will be a very important tool to my re-entry into society and my success in life.”
— Leonard M.
“I would like to thank the people who took their time out to show me a better way of living. One big thing I have learned is dealing with my kids. That has been a big help to me and how I can be a better partner and how to deal with people in the world today. I love what I have learned and I use it in my everyday life. I would like to thank the staff here and God bless the people on this staff.”
— Trenity Acklin
“COPES has taught me to deal with life struggles. It has taught me to be humble and to better cope with my family’s character defects, as well as my own. COPES is a very encouraging, and life lesson. I’m glad I was a part of this program because it has taught me to live a better way of life.”
— Derrick Stevenson
If you are interested in using the CLFC program to serve reentry populations, call or email COPES at (502) 583-6820 or firstname.lastname@example.org.