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.
75% of parents in prison were divorced or unmarried.
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The arrest and removal of a mother or father from a child’s life forces that child to confront emotional, social and economic consequences that may trigger behavior problems, poor outcomes in school and a disruption or severance of the relationship with the incarcerated parent that may persist even after the parent is released from prison.
The notion that children whose parents are imprisoned are several times more likely than other children to be incarcerated when they become adults is widely accepted as fact in scholarly, political and bureaucratic circles. There is no solid evidence, however, to support this assertion and its continued use in policy arenas is highly questionable.