Mentoring Program

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Hundreds of children whose parents are in Alabama prisons soon will have the chance to work with a mentor under a new federally funded program.

Attorney General Bill Pryor announced today that the program, called FaithfulFriends, will work with about 441 children whose fathers or mothers are in prison and have completed a parenting program.

Pryor says that in its first year, the program will focus on pairing children from the Birmingham and Montgomery areas with mentors recruited from faith-based and secular organizations and state agencies. The grant can be renewed for two more years.

More than 28,000 men and women are jailed in Alabama. About 64-percent of the men and 70 to 80-percent of the women have children.