Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships

New DOJ Director to Speak at Indiana Correctional Facility on the Importance of Responsible Fatherhood

As a part of the Administration's focus on promoting responsible fatherhood, I will travel to Indianapolis tomorrow to address a large gathering of Department of Corrections officials, educational and community leaders, and over 300 juvenile offenders as part of a two hour program featuring Tony Dungy, former NFL coach and spokesperson for All Pro Dad.  We know that many men who are incarcerated are also fathers and it is important for us to navigate issues related to parenting for the incarcerated.  Coach Dungy, New York Times bestselling author and Super Bowl winner, will do just that as he reflects on what it takes to achieve parenting success. Dungy will share what he has learned from his remarkable parents, his athletic and coaching career, mentors, as well as the importance of his faith. 
 
Other guests will include:

  • Ed Buss, Commissioner Indiana Department of Corrections
  • Wendy Knight, Superintendent Plainfield Correctional Facility
  • Kojack Fuller, an ex-offender and former Indiana Mr. Basketball
  • John Stahl-Wert, President of Pittsburgh Leadership Foundation

This event is significant in that it incorporates two high priority areas for both the Department of Justice and for this Administration: Prisoner Re-Entry and Responsible Fatherhood. 
 
As someone who was raised without my father, I have dedicated the last ten years of my life to working with juvenile offenders who are disproportionately victims of fatherlessness. That is why I am particularly excited about partnering with this group to help fathers all over the country with innovated ways to be more involved in the lives of their children.
 
For more information about All Pro Dad’s you can click on: http://www.allprodad.com
 
Eugene Schneeberg is Director of the Center for Faith-Based & Neighborhood Partnerships at the Department of Justice
 

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