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Child visitation room will reduce trauma for kids with incarcerated parents

Submitted Wed, 12/18/2013 - 8:13am by Andy Alm

MEADVILLE – In an effort to give children with one or both parents in jail a better visitation experience, officials are constructing a special child-friendly visitation room at the Crawford County Jail.  The move was authorized at the most recent meeting of the Board of Prison Inspectors on Thursday.  At Tuesday’s Commissioner Work Session, we learned that the county will be able to set up the room for under four thousand dollars, to be taken from the jail’s commissary fund.

Provisions include furniture, games, and toys.

Human Services Director Mark Weindorf said a room that will allow contact visits for children of inmates could lessen the trauma of many children in the county’s various youth placement programs.