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Our Vision

To reconcile husband to wife, parent to child, sister to brother, offender to community.

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"I wish we didn't have a reason to ​be here. But finding Family Reconciliation has given us hope."

—Client of Family Reconciliation Center

Why Visitation Matters

According to a 2019 report, in 2018 "Tennessee’s state prisons held 22,130 individuals for state felony offenses. Local Tennessee jails held about 30,180 for state felonies and misdemeanors and federal crimes, and 8,080 were in federal facilities around the country for federal crimes."

Studies consistently show improved mental and physical well-being among inmates who receive regular visits from family and friends, and that their recidivism rates are lower after release. In a 2007 study, family support was the most frequently cited reason why the inmates believed they had been able to stay out of prison.

Almost half of adults in the United States have an immediate family member incarcerated. Inmates aren't just anyone: they're someone's mother, father, child, cousin, partner, friend. The majority of them are going to be released back into society. Their success is our success, too.

How We Help

Incarceration disproportionately affects poor and economically disadvantage communities. Nashville has three major area prisons, and the average hotel stay in Nashville costs $200/night. The majority of inmates from middle and low income families cannot receive visitors because their loved ones can't afford it. 

We believe that no one should be priced out of visiting their loved one.

From 2015–2020, Family Reconciliation Center

booked 2,365 room nights for inmates' families.

saved inmates' families

$473,000* in hotel fees.

*based on a $200/night average hotel fee