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TDOC Expands Overnight Child Visitation

Thursday, January 05, 2017 | 9:30pm

HENNING - The Tennessee Department of Correction has long recognized the need for mothers and their children to bond while the children are young.  Last month, TDOC expanded its overnight child visitation capacity with the opening of the new Child Visitation Building at the Women’s Therapeutic Residential Center.  This innovative program helps offenders keep positive familial ties strong throughout their incarceration.  This not only curbs generational criminal behavior, but it also assists with family reunification post incarceration.  In fact, the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) research shows children who are allowed to bond with the parent, during the parent’s period of incarceration, have a better chance of breaking the generational cycle of criminal behavior.

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