EDITOR'S CORNER

We continue our focus on industry innovators with a spotlight on a woman who used her experience behind bars to help connect families shattered by incarceration. Her determination has helped children bond with their imprisoned parents, made inmates recognize their wrongs, and has earned her national accolades.
Jim, Corrections.com editor


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Helping the children heroes

By Ann Coppola

Connecting through film and determination

When Carolyn LeCroy was incarcerated for fourteen months in a Virginia prison she thought of herself as one of the lucky ones. Her two sons, ages 18 and 20, gave her joy and hope by driving the long trip in to see her on visitation days. The love and support from her family kept her spirits up, but looking around, LeCroy could see there were plenty of incarcerated parents who were not so fortunate.

“My children came to see me all the time,” she says, “and there would be women who never got visits. And I would look at them and think if they are this unhappy, what about the children?”

Before her arrest, LeCroy had a career as a television and advertising producer. When she was released on parole in 1996, she decided to use her background in film and video to help inmate parents and their children.

In December of 1999, she and volunteer camera crews were granted admission to the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women in Troy, Virginia. They recorded video messages with inmate mothers and mailed the messages to their children and families as Christmas gifts. Read this week's full story.

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