Having an incarcerated parent is a form of trauma, and children who have a parent in jail or prison are extremely vulnerable. They are much more likely to have health problems and struggle in school.
Family unity and stability are key to a child’s lifelong health and well-being. People who are incarcerated face many barriers to employment. In the year after an incarcerated father is released, family income drops by approximately 15% from what it was before incarceration.
Black children are 7x and Latino children 2.5x more likely to have a parent in prison than white children. Nationally, 1 in 4 black children have had an incarcerated parent.
Nationally, only 1-2% of students with incarcerated mothers graduate from college.