It's hoped a new programme for fathers in prison will decrease their chances of re-offending.
A pilot scheme at Limerick Prison has worked with 28 children whose father was in jail over an 18-month period.
New research shows that men in prison are six times less likely to re-offend if they maintain a good relationship with their children.
Participants reported improved relationships within families, better communication and conflict resolution skills.
Kim Buckley has this report: