About 30 children and their caregivers came to the prison to visit four male and 11 female inmates, all of which have successfully completed parenting and mentoring classes offered to facilitate their successful return into the community they serve their sentences.

The Capital Area Re-Entry Coalition is a non-profit group that helps inmates in the greater Baton Rouge area, and occasionally beyond, with challenges including job references, substance abuse problems and housing, after they are released, said its executive director, James Windom.

The event seeks to unite inmates with family members in order to develop more positive relationships with their children, to strengthen family bonds. The programs inmates complete teach accountability and help ensure that families succeed in healthy positive ways.