Nonprofit Organization

A Support Group for Parents with Incarcerated  Adult Children

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

Minnesota Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell takes a tour with the media of Stillwater Correctional Facility in January of 2019.  Should people with mental illness be in prison?

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

There are no birthdays today. 


Author/M.I.S.S. Founder

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Author Joel L. Young, MD
Co-Author Christine Adamec
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Separation by Bars and Miles:  

Visitation in state prisons

Prison Policy Initiattive Org

"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

(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."



Tiffany Simmons is now a member of Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc.
Monifa Fox, Marcella, Lisa Hine and 2 more joined Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc.
RENAI WELLS and Deborah Nordby are now friends
Alida Maldonado is now a member of Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc.
Feb 21
Vera Joyner posted a status
Thinking about what Mothers go through.This page Lord willing will be a place I can express my feelings and pray for Mothers and their Sons.
Feb 20
Vera Joyner posted a status
Thankful I found this page .
Feb 20
Stacy Wingate and Vera Joyner joined Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc.
Feb 20
Michele Norbury posted a status
Wow! It’s been a few years since I have been on here. My son is going on his 13th year of incarceration. God has been gracious!
Feb 20
Ruth Rodriguez and Deborah Nordby are now friends
Feb 18
Deborah morales and Deborah Nordby are now friends
Feb 17
Nicole Castro is now a member of Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc.
Feb 17
Shawnda Hutchinson is now a member of Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc.
Feb 16