Pinwheels Planted at Two State Prisons Symbolize Stronger Families
(Concord, N.H.) April is Strengthening Families Month and earlier this month minimum security inmates planted blue and silver pinwheels near the entrance of the visiting room of the New Hampshire State Prison as part of a nationwide awareness effort. Pinwheels were also planted on the grounds of the New Hampshire State Prison for Women in Goffstown. The pinwheels were donated by the New Hampshire Children’s Trust organization. The pinwheels will remain in place until April 30, 2013.
The inmates who planted the “pinwheels of prevention” were past participants in the Department of Corrections Family Connections Center. They are minimum security inmates who are nearing their minimum release dates. The pinwheel is a symbol for child abuse and neglect prevention nationwide; a symbol of childhood and innocence.
The Family Connections Center is a grant-funded program that focuses on strengthening connections between incarcerated parents and their loved ones on the outside while facilitating ties to their community through education and support. The program strives to support families affected by incarceration through support, referrals, relationship classes and family re-entry planning available to eligible incarcerated fathers and their partners.