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.
Up to two years meeting's agendas and minutes will be posted for each LFC. See the LFC Representatives with questions.
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.
Virtual Skype Meeting. Please see July 18, 2020 agenda for Skype information.
Meeting Schedule & Materials
See the Statewide Family Council Calendar for all statewide and local council meeting dates.
|Meeting Date||Meeting Agenda||Meeting Minutes|
|September 19, 2020||Agenda|
|August 21, 2020||Not Applicable||COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes|
|August 6, 2020||Not Applicable||COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes|
|July 24, 2020||Not Applicable||COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes|
|July 18, 2020||Agenda||COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes|
|July 10, 2020||Not Applicable||COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes|
|June 26, 2020||Not Applicable||COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes|
|June 19, 2020||Not Applicable||COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes|
|June 5, 2020||Not Applicable||COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes|
|May 22, 2020||Not Applicable||COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes|
|May 11, 2020||Not Applicable||COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes|
|April 24, 2020||Not Applicable||COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes|
|April 10, 2020||Not Applicable||COVID-19 Teleconference Minutes|
|March 21, 2020||Meeting cancelled due to DOC focusing efforts and time to COVID-19|
|January 11, 2020||Agenda||Minutes|
|November 16, 2019||Agenda||Minutes|
|September 28, 2019||Agenda||Minutes|
|July 13, 2019||Agenda||Minutes|
|May 18, 2019||Agenda||Minutes|
|March 16, 2019||Agenda||Minutes|
|February 23, 2019||Not Applicable||Executive Session Minutes|
|January 19, 2019||Agenda||Minutes|
|November 17, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
|September 15, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
|July 21, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
|May 19, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
|March 17, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|
|January 20, 2018||Agenda||Minutes|