According to the International Centre for Prison Studies located in London in the United Kingdom, approximately 10.1 million souls are languishing in prisons throughout our global village. But let’s bring this closer to home. In the United States, it is estimated that at least approximately 2,239,751 souls are incarcerated. At least approximately 1.7 American children have a parent who is incarcerated. Many of the 2,239,751 incarcerated souls in the United States are parents. They are somebody’s Father . . . somebody’s Mother. For the most part, these Fathers and Mothers are as much emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually disconnected from their children as they are physically disconnected. Each year, approximately 600,000 souls are released from correctional facilities throughout the United States. So, every year, 600,000 traumatized and spiritually, psychologically, emotionally disconnected souls return to our families and our communities. And the communities that these souls return to, by and large, are equally spiritually, psychologically, and emotionally toxic.
IN SEARCH OF FATHERHOOD(R) facilitates a Global Dialogue on Fatherhood and Men's Issues which explores and addresses key challenges -- mental and physical health, real-life options, poverty, hunger, homelessness, Fatherlessness, parental alienation, mass incarceration, religious and ethnic intolerance -- which prevent Men and Boys from living healthier, purpose-driven, and longer lives.