Nonprofit organization

Our acronym is M.I.S.S., but we do not exclude incarcerated daughters.

"Where there is no vision…the people perish."

Solitary confinement is unproductive. The lack of social simulation is harmful regardless of the inmate’s mental status, and studies have shown that isolation can have psychological implications. The mentally disabled are extremely vulnerable to this type of punishment. It can actually exacerbate their already fragile mental condition; they should not be dehumanized because of their illness. They are human beings!  How did this country reverse back to the barbaric abuses and neglects that were once denounced? It was those neglectful practices, such as isolation, that partially lead to the outcry for de-institutionalization. We feel that solitary confinement constitutes “cruel and unusual punishment," which is prohibited in the eighth amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

In addition, when the mentally ill are released from prison, they do not have adequate housing. Thus, they wander the streets, break into abandoned buildings for shelter, are taken advantage of, and use illegal drugs to self-medicate. Finding housing is always difficult for ex-offenders, but the challenge is even more acute for the mentally ill. "For the severely mentally ill, there is virtually no facility designed for long-term inpatient care," says Sherri Sullivan, director of Bridgeview Manor, the only residential treatment center in Ohio that accepts the indigent mentally ill. "If they exist, they exist as a group home, and most group homes don't offer treatment."

If you have a son or daughter incarcerated and would like to join our community, sign-up today. We are stronger together!

Rhonda Robinson,
M.I.S.S. Founder

“Do not judge me by my successes, judge me by how many times I fell down and got back up again.” — Nelson Mandela



Behind Bars, Mentally Ill Inmates Are Often Punished For Their Symptoms

Click the following to read the article:  NPR


A M.I.S.S. member was chosen to tell her story on the OWN network’s show ‘The Book of John.’

You can watch the full episode of Season 1, ( THE MID-NIGHT SERMON, 108) by clicking the following link and signing-up through your cable company to the OWN Network's mobile app. http://www.oprah.com/own-thebookofjohngray/The-Emotional-Reality-of-Having-a-Family-Member-in-Prison-Video


Click the following link to listen to the Portland, Oregon KBOO radio show featuring M.I.S.S. members :  M.I.S.S. Members' Radio Interview 

Click following link to read article and comments from M.I.S.S. members: Here





We have a birthday today!!

Jessica Irwin


Deanna Robichaud and Susan Rikala joined Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc.
Brandy Coots is now a member of Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc.
Sep 26
Eliazbeth Wiese posted a status
Just trying to remain strong while my one and only is in prison
Sep 22
Sharla Hackworth and Rose Medina joined Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc.
Sep 22
Pamela Jones and Tiffany Jones are now friends
Sep 20
Kellie hillman is now friends with Pamela Jones and Teddi Parisi
Sep 20
Shaworne Smith and Kariss Nicole Hawkins are now friends
Sep 19
Soraya Cintron commented on Julie’s status
Sep 19
Soraya Cintron posted a status
My son goes away tomorrow Sept 20th for 4 years as a plea bargain. First time navigating this waters. I dont know what to do. Im beyond sad
Sep 19
Karen K, Nina Williams, Toni Bell-Petty and 2 more joined Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc.
Sep 19
Rhonda - Administrator and Kariss Nicole Hawkins are now friends
Sep 19
Shaworne Smith posted a status
My son was recently arrested but it's not looking too great. I'm just trying to navigate what might be our new normal.
Sep 18
Kariss Nicole Hawkins posted a status
First birthday with my son incarcerated. Still on short term disability, trying to get my life together slowly but for surely.
Sep 18
Kariss Nicole Hawkins and Janean are now friends
Sep 15
Tammy L Knoferle posted a status
My son won't talk to me. He got out of county jail. And he is in a halfway house. We've always had a rough relationship.
Sep 15
Kim and Tammy Batson joined Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc.
Sep 15

"I want to thank, from the bottom of my heart, all the beautiful and courageous mothers of MISS for their unwavering support and loyalty toward their loved ones, as well as to the greater cause at hand. I also am very grateful for the extremely thoughtful and generous outpouring of positive energy in my direction. The letters have been well received. I am sending each of you all my very best."

With love, Cameron Douglas

(Note: Cameron is the son of actor Michael Douglas)


A message from former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick:


Thank you so very much for your continued encouragement & support. You all are an incredible blessing to me, and so many of us. Blessings to you & your families."