The Urban Institute received a grant from the Annie E. Casey Foundation to conduct exploratory research on the impact of parental incarceration and the experiences of affected children.
The purpose of the work was to learn more about the impact of parental incarceration as well as to explore the possibilities for using criminal justice and human services data to understand the population of affected children.
This report presents findings and lesson learned from the three sites. It begins with a discussion of the datasets obtained by each site and how they were linked, followed by a review of the analyses conducted and the sites’ findings on child of incarcerated parents in their jurisdictions. The report closes with a discussion of the possibilities and challenges involved in merging and analyzing administrative data on this population.