The MATCH/PATCH Program stands for ‘mothers and their children’ and ‘papas and their children’. This program helps incarcerated parents to become better parents. Classification screens inmates who apply to be in this program. Once in the program the inmate has to attend classes during the week. They also have to exhibit good behavior to be able to get their one hour visit with their child and to stay in the program.
What does Classification look for? To begin with they will verify with MATCH/PATCH that there is a parent/child relationship. Then they will look for a list of things that the inmate CANNOT have. The inmate cannot be charged with murder, sexual assault, molestation, child injury, or delivery of narcotics. He cannot have a death penalty or life imprisonment sentence. The inmate cannot be a prison gang member or have friends who are prison gang members. He cannot have jurisdictional holds. And he can’t be housed in non-general units, protective custody or disciplinary detention. Some of the regular disciplinary actions may disqualify him also.
If an inmate would like to apply for this program he can fill out a Human Services Application Form 351-315. Those forms are available in each living unit.
For more information contact MATCH/PATCH at 210-335-6330.