Thursday, October 11, 2012

Children of Incarcerated Parents

We often talk about incarcerated adults, but as one writer said, the children of incarcerated parents get lost in the shuffle.  They suffer tremendous disadvantages.  Many end up in the penal system because of the effects of the parental incarceration, poverty, illiteracy, and lack of available  community resources.

The references below discuss some of the issues. 

      Children of Incarcerated Fact Sheet  (Annie E. Casey Foundation)

 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Urban Institute
 From Prison to Home:
The Effect of Incarceration and Reentry on
Children, Families and Communities
 From Prison to Home

A book that deals with some of the issues is:
Prisoners Once Removed:  The Impact of Incarceration and Reentry on Children, Families, and Communities., editors, Jimmy Travis and Michelle Waul

Recently the Baltimore Sun's article said:  If we Build $70 million juvenile jail, We will fill it,

CBS reported on the high cost of incarceration recently.

 Inmates participating in games with their children during a Family Literacy
Program in a Maryland Prison

Inmates, family members and children compete in an educational game during a Family Literacy Program.

Inmates selected a theme, did research, posed questions, and children, other inmates or family members can answer questions.  In this photo one of the child participant is wearing a T shirt from the state Summer Reading Program.  "Wild about Reading"

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