Portland filmmaker Brian Lindstrom will screen Mothering Inside, his documentary about Coffee Creek Correctional Facility's unique parenting program, Thursday night at Cinema 21.
The intensive program, launched in 2010, rekindled bonds between female inmates and their children by teaching mothers parenting skills and by regularly bringing the children to Coffee Creek. That's no small feat. Families of incarcerated women often have plenty of reasons not to want to visit, including tight budgets, limited time and unaddressed anger. The program worked with families as well as inmates to clear these hurdles so children could spend time with their mothers.