How parental incarceration affects kids, caregivers and prisoners themselves is just beginning to get studied, and the effects aren’t good.  While research is scarce, the results are very consistent.  From parental profiles to keeping in touch to prison policies, they all play a part in future family bonding.  

October 1, 2007

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    The parental profile of prisoners.

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    The cost of trying to stay in touch with parents in prison.

  3. 3

    How parental prison time affects kids economically, emotionally and behaviorally.

  4. 4

    How jail time affects family ties after a parent is released.

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    How prisoner misconceptions and current policies affect visitor treatment.

  2. 6

    What resources are available to help kids, caregivers and parent prisoners.

Key Takeaway

86% of prisoners’ kids were under age 10.

Over 1.5 million children in the United States have a parent in prison.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations