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There are nearly 3 million kids in the U.S. with a parent behind bars, and children of offenders are six times more likely than their peers to end up in jail. A program, One Day with God, is hoping to prevent the damage kids suffer when a parent is in prison by offering inmates an opportunity to spend quality time with their children before their prison sentence is complete. One Day with God reunites incarcerated parents with their children for a day of activities like games and arts and crafts, hoping the time spent together will not only create a better relationship between child and parent, but also serve as a reminder to offenders of the importance of staying out of jail.

Nightline on Fusion captured the emotional day and the profound impact this special program is having on parents and children alike.

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How parents behind bars are getting a chance to spend time with their kids

There are nearly 3 million kids in the U.S. with a parent behind bars, and children of offenders are six times more likely than their peers to end up in jail. A program, One Day with God, is hoping to prevent the damage kids suffer when a parent is in prison by offering inmates an opportunity to spend quality time with their children before their prison sentence is complete. One Day with God reunites incarcerated parents with their children for a day of activities like games and arts and crafts, hoping the time spent together will not only create a better relationship between child and parent, but also serve as a reminder to offenders of the importance of staying out of jail.

Nightline on Fusion captured the emotional day and the profound impact this special program is having on parents and children alike.

Related:

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This transgender woman will continue to be housed in a men’s prison

Inmates in this overcrowded Michigan women’s prison are being kept in TV rooms and offices

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