The partnership modeled its pilot program after the evidence-based Parenting Inside Out (PIO) curriculum, which dramatically decreased depression, lowered substance abuse, increased parental participation, enhanced parenting skills, reduced parental stress and reduced recidivism (study participants were less likely to have been rearrested, with a rearrest rate of 27 percent compared to a rate of 48 percent for nonparticipants)." The first two control groups (parenting without AATL), concluded at MCC in spring 2017 and WCDOC in fall 2017 with promising results, which are discussed below.
Our hypothesis is that the use of AATL as a HILP in a jail setting will hasten and enhance bonding among inmates, instructor and teaching assistants; heighten feelings of safety for inmates as they confront a wide range of emotions (including guilt and shame for being in prison); and facilitate skill-learning and higher levels of program retention than in the control groups.
Fourteen female inmates from MCC began the first parenting class without AATL (the control group) in March 2017.
The third set of classes will take place in spring 2018, utilizing the same parenting curriculum but integrated with AATL (see "A Review of the Classes," below); all partners in the project expect even more positive outcomes.