“The greatest thing you’ll ever learn
is just to love and be loved in return”
– Eden Ahbez, Nature Boy
One in every 28 children in the United States has a parent in prison. Two-thirds of the parents in prison have been sentenced for a non-violent offense. Pew Charitable Trusts; Pew Center on the States(2010)Collateral Costs; incarceration’s Effect on Economic Mobility
A national study conducted in 1998 estimated that of parents arrested 67% were handcuffed in front of their children, 27% reported weapons drawn in front of their children, 4.3% reported a physical struggle and 3.2% reported the use of pepper spray.
Collateral Costs; Incarceration’s Effect on Economic Mobility
Children of incarcerated parents are more likely to drop out of school, become delinquent and subsequently become confined in institutions themselves. More than a quarter of juvenile lifers have had a parent in prison and 59.1% of juvenile lifers have had a close relative in prison. Comments from The World’s Children’s Prize Foundation 2004
Nearly 58% of mothers and almost 59% of fathers in state prisons report never having had a visit with their children since they entered prison. Philips, S.D. Errantly, A, Keeler, G.P., Costello,J.E, et al (2006) Disentangling the Risks: Parental criminal justice involvement and children’s exposure to family risks
As many as half of all boys whose parents do time will wind up behind bars themselves. All Alone in the World, Nell Bernstein.
The U.S. is the only country that has not ratified the “Convention on the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child.”
Convention on the Universal Declaration of the Rights of the Child