Via Skelly at Arbitrary and Capricious, here's an idea from Washington State that Texas' prison system should imitate: Family Days for incarcerated parents, in Washinton State particularly targeting fathers. Reports the Olympian ("Events keep jail from separating dads and kids," Aug. 20):
During typical inmate visits, friends and family members must sit at tables in a room that can get loud and crowded. At the back-to-school event - and others like it throughout the year - inmates and their children are allowed to roam freely outside and in the center's gymnasium. There are games and music and at lunch, there's a barbecue.
For a moment, it feels like life outside of prison.