Parents in prison are a unique population with unique challenges, as are the children dealing with the stigma, loss and guilt. This report seeks to develop a better understanding of the challenges parents, children and caregivers face through a review of empirical research on the topic.  It also offers a series of recommendations for how this population can be better served. 

February 10, 2008

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    The different studies and outcomes regarding child behavior linked to parents being put in prison.

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    The protective factors and programs that may mitigate the impact of having a parent behind bars.

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    How parental incarceration affects daily life for the kids and the caregivers.

Key Takeaway

Support for children with an incarcerated parent

Strong, close, and supportive relationships provide some of the best forms of protection against the risks of having a parent in prison. “Support” can be as simple as acknowledging the unique nature of their loss in a manner that accepts rather than stigmatizes.

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations