Category: Parents in Prison

More than 5 million children, or one in 14, in the U.S. have had a parent in state or federal prison at some point in their lives, according to the Casey Foundation. Their numbers swelled by 79 percent between 1991 and 2007, according to U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) figures, largely driven by tough drug laws and mandatory sentencing.

Children of color are much more likely to have a parent in prison. One in nine African-American children had a parent behind bars in 2008, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts report (Pew also funds Stateline). One in 28 Latino children had an incarcerated parent and one in 57 white children did.

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There are 2.7 million children with a parent in prison or jail in the United States.  The number of children with a father in prison has grown by 79% since 1991.  The problem has become so devastating among children that when they have a parent in prison, it is now considered an Adverse Childhood Experience. (ACE)

These are staggering facts.  Host, Matt Duhamel interviews Erik Vecere from the National Fatherhood Initiative (NFI) to discuss what correctional facilities in America are doing to help men in prison to be better dads.  NFI’s, “InsideOut Dad” program is also discussed and how it’s been a proven system in reducing recidivism among incarcerated fathers.

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