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Family Council

The Department of Corrections (DOC) recognizes the benefits when inmate's maintain family relationships during incarceration and supervision and acknowledges the many barriers that make maintaining these relationships difficult. In an effort to address these barriers, the Department established and maintains family councils.

About Family Councils

Family councils advise, collaborate, problem solve, and partner with the Department and the community to:

  • Improve communications with the Department,
  • Create opportunities to strengthen family and community connections,
  • Improve quality of life for those incarcerated,
  • Promote successful reentry,
  • Provide family input on related policies and operational memorandums, and
  • Address local and statewide issues/concerns that affect a broad range of those incarcerated and their families

Family is broadly defined to include immediate, extended, and elected family members, such as romantic partners, friends, neighbors, and clergy. Department employees and council members work together to bring awareness to the family councils to encourage participation. (Participation is strictly voluntary.)

Local Family Councils

Each prison facility maintains a Local Family Council (LFC). Family council meetings provide opportunity for family members to ask questions, get information, and share their perspective of the facility. All approved visitors may attend a family council meeting.

In addition to family members, meetings are generally attended by the facility Superintendent or Associate Superintendent, Visiting Program staff representative, Family Services Program staff representative, and others as needed. At most facilities participants can attend in person or over the phone by calling in on a toll free number.

Scheduled Meetings, Agendas & Minutes

The LFC Facility Secretary and Family Secretary member officers will each take minutes during the meeting, and then will work together to finalize a single draft of official minutes using DOC 03-513 Family Council Meeting Minutes (ms word document).

Up to two years meeting's agendas and minutes will be posted for each LFC. See the LFC Representatives with questions.

See the Statewide Family Council Calendar (pdf) and Local Family Council Calendar (pdf) for all meeting dates.

Participants

Family members who want to be on a facility's Local Family Council must be an approved visitor at that facility and agree to demonstrate commitment, integrity, honesty, good judgment, cooperation, professionalism, respect, courtesy, and work within department rules, regulations and policies.

Statewide Family Council

The Department maintains a Statewide Family Council (SFC) comprised of one elected representative from each Local Family Council (LFC), along with the Statewide Program Manager. Any family member who is approved to visit an inmate housed in a Department facility may attend an SFC meeting as a participant. See the list of SFC Representatives.

Meeting Details

Location

Virtual Skype Meeting. Please see July 18, 2020 agenda 7/18/2020 (pdf) for Skype information.

Meeting Schedule & Materials

See the Statewide Family Council Calendar (pdf) for all statewide and local council meeting dates.

Meeting Date Meeting Agenda Meeting Minutes
September 19, 2020 Agenda 9/19/2020 (pdf)
August 21, 2020 Not Applicable COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes8/21/2020 (pdf)
August 6, 2020 Not Applicable COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes8/6/2020 (pdf)
July 24, 2020 Not Applicable COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes7/24/2020 (pdf)
July 18, 2020 Agenda 7/18/2020 (pdf) COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes7/18/2020 (pdf)
July 10, 2020 Not Applicable COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes7/10/2020 (pdf)
June 26, 2020 Not Applicable COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes6/26/2020 (pdf)
June 19, 2020 Not Applicable COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes6/19/2020 (pdf)
June 5, 2020 Not Applicable COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes6/5/2020 (pdf)
May 22, 2020 Not Applicable COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes5/22/2020 (pdf)
May 11, 2020 Not Applicable COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes5/11/2020 (pdf)
April 24, 2020 Not Applicable COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes4/24/2020 (pdf)
April 10, 2020 Not Applicable COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes 4/10/2020 (pdf)
March 21, 2020 Meeting cancelled due to DOC focusing efforts and time to COVID-19
January 11, 2020 Agenda 1/11/2020 (pdf) Minutes 1/11/2020 (pdf)
November 16, 2019 Agenda 11/16/2019 (pdf) Minutes 11/16/2019 (pdf)
September 28, 2019 Agenda 9/28/2019 (pdf) Minutes 9/28/2019 (pdf)
July 13, 2019 Agenda 7/13/2019 (pdf) Minutes 7/13/2019 (pdf)
May 18, 2019 Agenda 5/18/2019 (pdf) Minutes 5/18/2019 (pdf)
March 16, 2019 Agenda 3/16/2019 (pdf) Minutes 3/16/2019 (pdf)
February 23, 2019 Not Applicable Executive Session Minutes (pdf)
January 19, 2019 Agenda 1/19/2019 (pdf) Minutes 1/19/2019 (pdf)
November 17, 2018 Agenda 11/17/2018 (pdf) Minutes 11/17/2018 (pdf)
September 15, 2018 Agenda 9/15/2018 (pdf) Minutes 9/15/2018 (pdf)
July 21, 2018 Agenda 7/21/2018 (pdf) Minutes 7/21/2018 (pdf)
May 19, 2018 Agenda 5/19/2018 (pdf) Minutes 5/19/2018 (pdf)
March 17, 2018 Agenda 3/17/2018 (pdf) Minutes 3/17/2018 (pdf)
January 20, 2018 Agenda 1/20/2018 (pdf) Minutes 1/20/2018 (pdf)