Lab for Family Wellbeing & Justice

Affecting Change Through Research, Training, Advocacy, and Reform



Pajarita Charles

Principal Investigator

Pajarita Charles is an Assistant Professor at the Sandra Rosenbaum School of Social Work and an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty, the Center for Law, Society, and Justice, and the Justice Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research centers on the development, implementation, and testing of family-focused preventive interventions to promote positive outcomes for children and families affected by the criminal justice system. Dr. Charles’ efforts foster research, practice, and public sector partnerships to build capacity for reform and the reduction of the footprint of the criminal justice system. She is a co-leader of the national Promote Smart Decarceration grand challenge network for the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and frequently collaborates with local and state organizations to provide expertise and guidance on issues pertinent to families impacted by the criminal justice system.

Pajarita Charles CV

Parenting Inside Out Best Practices Toolkit

Parenting Inside Out (PIO) is an evidence-based parent management treatment training curriculum designed to improve outcomes for incarcerated parents, their children, and their families. PIO is implemented by the Wisconsin Department of Corrections (DOC) with technical assistance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-M) and support from the  Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board (CANPB) in four Wisconsin state prisons. The following toolkit shares resources for implementation and operation of the PIO program based upon lessons learned from this collaboration. It puts forth best practices and strategies, intending to reach prison staff, correctional administrators, researchers, policy makers, and other stakeholders with an interest in the mitigation of negative consequences of incarceration on families.

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