TIFA - Texas Inmate Families Association / Rio Grande Valley Chapter
Mission: Breaking the cycle of crime by strengthening families through support, education, and advocacy.
About 200,000 adult men and women are incarcerated at any one time in county jails and state correctional facilities in Texas. The state has the unenviable distinction of having more individuals behind bars than any other state in the country.
Left behind are family members and friends: 55 percent leave behind a spouse, and 85 percent or more leave behind a parent and/or child. In fact, about 75 percent of male inmates and more than 95 percent of female inmates have a child younger than 18. More than half have a child younger than 10.