, VA,

Helping children, the world’s most precious resource, stay connected to their incarcerated parents

ABOUT THE MESSAGES PROJECT

Children are the silent victims of their parent’s crime. However, when a child’s parent is incarcerated, and a healthy connection is maintained, the child is less likely to experience social, emotional, and educational problems. For incarcerated parents,  a healthy family connection reduces the likelihood they will commit a crime after leaving prison.

The Messages Project helps establish and maintain the bond between children and their incarcerated parents through video messages and other interactive media. Our volunteers have recorded over 19,000 video messages with incarcerated parents from correctional institutions across the United States and abroad.

ABOUT THE MESSAGES PROJECT

Children are the silent victims of their parent’s crime. However, when a child’s parent is incarcerated, and a healthy connection is maintained, the child is less likely to experience social, emotional, and educational problems. For incarcerated parents,  a healthy family connection reduces the likelihood they will commit a crime after leaving prison.

The Messages Project helps establish and maintain the bond between children and their incarcerated parents through video messages and other interactive media. Our volunteers have recorded over 19,000 video messages with incarcerated parents from correctional institutions across the United States and abroad.

Founder & CEO

Carolyn LeCroy

When Carolyn LeCroy was sentenced to 55 years in prison for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, she witnessed firsthand the effects of broken relationships between incarcerated parents and their children. After Carolyn was paroled, she couldn’t shake the feelings of unhappiness regarding those broken bonds. In 1999, Carolyn took a camera crew and went back to prison – to record video messages from inmates to send to their children and families as Christmas gifts. Since then, The Messages Project has recorded and delivered more than 10,000 video messages from incarcerated parents all over the world. Carolyn was named a CNN Hero in 2008 for her efforts and advocacy for these at-risk youth, and The Messages Project was thrust into the spotlight.

RECENT NEWS

Dacetacular Fundraiser Feb 25-26

Join the hosts of The Dace Man Show as they stay up for 24 consecutive hours and game their hearts out for a good cause! All proceeds from this event will be given to The Messages Project. Watch the action online from the comfort of your own home and donate to help us...

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Presents with Paws Fundraiser

Come get your holiday portrait with your pet and family at Studio East at 3841 E. Little Creek Road in Norfolk, VA on November 20th from 11:00am – 3:00pm. All services are volunteered and proceeds go to benefit The Messages Project.

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The Messages Project at #cut50

We're proud to acknowledge that our founder, Carolyn LeCroy, has been invited to present at the upcoming Bipartisan Summit on Criminal Justice Reform in Washington, DC, on March 26, 2015. The event is produced by #cut50 and Gingrich Productions. Carolyn will take part...

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RECENT TWEETS FROM @MESSAGESPROJECT

The Messages Project The Messages Project @MessagesProject Top doctors agree: treatment, not jail, for nonviolent drug abusers https://t.co/KroOxFZkDC via @phillyhealthsci 2 days ago
The Messages Project The Messages Project @MessagesProject RT @PrisonPolicy: Maintaining family ties is important. Video visitation should supplement – not replace – in person jail visits. https://t… 4 days ago
The Messages Project The Messages Project @MessagesProject RT @KidsOfInmates: Reading scores are predictors of children’s successes. So, we get our incarcerated parents involved in reading with thei… 4 days ago
The Messages Project The Messages Project @MessagesProject When incarcerated parents are able to read & share messages with their children, miracles are possible. https://t.co/U5yeoL0JO4 1 week ago
The Messages Project The Messages Project @MessagesProject RT @OKMessagesProj: Often parents are incarcerated too far away for children to visit. We work to reconnect them. https://t.co/HjCTNikng6 2 weeks ago

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