Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society, Inc. (M.I.S.S) was certified as a 501(c) 3 organization on December 16th, 1992.
The founder/Director is Rhonda Robinson, she retired January 1, 2011 as a (case) social worker for the State of Michigan. Ms. Robinson is an indie author. Her book The Definition of Insanity was published in 2016. Her son was diagnosed with bipolar disorder type 1, at 22. He was arrested at 16 and spent 8 years in prison.
Incarceration effects every race and statistics show that there is an increase in female incarcerations as well. Therefore, it is important that we all unite to help change the D.O.C system.
In 1992, it was extremely unpopular to have a support group for the incarcerated, few citizens wanted to hear about the rights of inmates. Organizations like ours were called, "Bleeding heart liberals". There was a movement calling for "War on Crime". Subsequently, it was difficult to get any substantial support from most legislators. However, the late Senator Jackie Vaughn III and former representative Cheeks-Kilpatrick were the only legislators that gave notice to our cause and we are thankful to them.
State Rep Cheeks-Kilpatrick wrote in her 1993 State Capital report, "My goals will be as before: to pro-actively stop crime through intervention during early education, to provide fair treatment for all prisoners, job opportunities for parolees and counseling for the families of Michigan's inmates. The Mothers of Incarcerated Sons Society (M.I.S.S.) is an organization that aims to do just that-offer support through counseling for inmates, parolees, and their families. M.I.S.S. provides public seminars, referrals...I believe creative and motivational programs such as M.I.S.S. are effective and far less costly alternatives to the building of more prisons. By addressing the needs and problems of the first-time offender, this vital organization offers hope where before there was none".
Twenty-seven years later, the "War on Crime" mentality still exists today. It has been a long uphill battle to get moral and financial support for any prison rehab programs. But we are going to continue to forge ahead and keep the faith that one day there will be effective prison reforms for state prisons. We understand that this current administration has passed a modest federal First Step Act, but they should address as well state reform. There are 1,719 state prisons in the U.S. and The Federal Bureau of Prisons operates 102 prisons.
BELOW IS AN OVER-ALL VIEW OF M.I.S.S ONLINE OBJECTIVES & GOALS
OBJECTIVE (1) TO GROW OUR ONLINE MEMBERSHIP:
We currently have over 3,800 members around the United States and in Europe. If we want to try to push for changes in the correctional system, we have to be a viable active online organization with a large membership base. We believe one of the best ways to accomplish this is to start membership campaign drives in each city. For example, a member who lives in California; will have a membership campaign for M.I.S.S. in their area. M.I.S.S will post the flyer on our website and the member can print the flyer off and make copies to distribute. Also, you can use Twitter to get the word out.
OBJECTIVE (2) TO PROVIDE VALUABLE RESOURCES FOR OUR MEMBERS
M.I.S.S. will aggressively search for resources that will provide our members with the tools needed to be informed.
OBJECTIVE (3) TO IMPLEMENT STRATEGIES FOR CHANGING THE CURRENT MENTAL HEALTH POLICIES AND OTHER POLICIES, WITHIN THE PRISON SYSTEM.
This can be done, but we will have to be strong in numbers. That's why objective number (1) is so important!
a.) To have a viable nationwide online organization.
b.) To help families cope with their difficult situations, through fellowshiping with others.
d.) To have all certified mentally ill individuals, who break the law, committed to a mental institution where they can be treated with human dignity and receive proper medical treatment.
UPDATE: *After 27 years, we dissolved our 501-C3 status in (2018) because of the changes in the tax law that the prior administration implemented. It was not worth the red tape, with the elimination of the itemization for the taxpayer.*