Former Federal Bureau of Prisons warden Percy Pitzer and his wife, Sununt Pitzer, have recently launched a foundation to benefit children of an incarcerated or paroled parent or guardian. Creative Corrections Education Foundation’s goal is to “stem the pattern of repeat behavior from parent to child through educational opportunities.”
The details of the foundation were announced at the American Correctional Association’s 142nd annual Congress of Correction in Denver. Pitzer also sponsored Miss America Laura Kaeppeler’s attendance and speech at the conference. Kaeppeler, a child of an incarcerated parent, has made her platform the support and mentoring of children of the incarcerated.
CCEF’s goal is to provide 40 scholarships during the first year, ranging from $1,000 to $5,000. “We hope to surpass this number and build for years to come,” said Pitzer. “We can have an impact on lowering crime rates and building safer communities by helping these students now.”
According to the American Correctional Association, up to 50 percent of incarcerated juveniles have a parent who is or has been incarcerated. “Children too often follow in the footsteps of a parent who has committed a crime, and our goal is to give them a far better option,” Pitzer said.
“One of our biggest goals is to get prison inmates to contribute to this cause,” said Pitzer. “The majority of incarcerated parents do not want their children to make the same mistakes and spend time behind bars. I just heard from someone who had spent 27 years in the Tennessee prison system, and he was very supportive of the program.”
CCEF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Beaumont. Details for making donations and applying for scholarships are available at www.creativecorrectionseducationfoundation.org  or by calling (409) 866-9920.