On July 18, Maine State Prison had a group of prisoners graduate from the 12-week InsideOutDad program.

"This is the first class offered, and appeared quite successful. So much, in fact, I have two more classes beginning next week and a wait list for the future," said MSP Recreational Therapist Michael Fournier in a news release.

"This group of 10 dads just completed a course that will help them build practical skills that will allow them to connect with their children during their incarceration, and successfully reintegrate into their families upon release," said Fournier.

National Fatherhood Initiative’s InsideOutDad program is the only evidence-based program for working with incarcerated fathers. It helps break the cycle of recidivism. For more information on InsideOutDad: fatherhood.org/