This brave beautiful young lady is wise and mature beyond her years.
There is a powerful video in this article.
I am and have been passionate about the criminal justice system for as long as I can remember. The answer is not to lock people up behind bars! We can not expect the cycle to change unless we break it! We must rehab and reform not give up and simply put someone in jail.
We hold the power to change someone’s life. Use it. Cherish it and change a life.
An estimated 809,800 prisoners of the 1,518,535 held in the nation’s prisons at midyear 2007 were parents of minor
children, or children under age 18. Parents held in the nation’s prisons—52% of state inmates and 63% of federal
inmates—reported having an estimated 1,706,600 minor children, accounting for 2.3% of the U.S. resident population under age 18.
These numbers are sad and staggering. These children have so many odds stacked against them and without many interventions and positive support systems these children face the same fate as their parents.
It is statistically proven- low socio-economic, lack of education, homelessness, jail, etc.
We can do better then this. We must do better then this.
Some of the startling statistics as reported on https://nrccfi.camden.rutgers.edu/files/nrccfi-fact-sheet-2014.pdf:
Children with Parents in Prison
More than 2.7 million children in the U.S. have an incarcerated parent. That is 1 in 28
Approximately 10 million children have experienced parental incarceration at some
point in their lives.3
One in 9 African American children (11.4%), 1 in 28 Hispanic children (3.5%), and 1 in 57
white children (1.8%) in the United States have an incarcerated parent.4
Approximately half of children with incarcerated parents are under ten years old.5
While many of the risk factors children of incarcerated parents experience may be
related to parental substance abuse, mental health, inadequate education, or other
challenges, parental incarceration increases the risk of children living in poverty or
experiencing household instability independent of these other problems. 6
A misperception exists that children of incarcerated parents are more likely to be
incarcerated than their peers, and are predisposed to criminal activity. There is no basis
for this in existing research. 7
Parental incarceration is now recognized as an “adverse childhood experience” (ACE); it
is distinguished from other adverse childhood experiences by the unique combination of
trauma, shame, and stigma. 8
2% of incarcerated fathers and 8‐10% of mothers have children in foster care (these
data do not include at least some persons in prison with children in kinship foster
care placements) 9
Information from one study on children in Foster Care with incarcerated parents
provides the following data10
o 25% of children live with their fathers when a mother goes to prison.
o 90% of children remain with their mothers when the father is incarcerated
o 50% of children with an incarcerated mother live with their grandmothers
o In the child welfare system, 1 in 10 children in in‐home settings is living with
someone who is on probation.10
About 15‐20% of children entering the child welfare system have incarcerated
About 1 in every 5 African American children who come to the
attention of child welfare agencies have a recently arrested parent
compared to only 1 in 10 White children and only 1 in 20 Hispanic
Incarcerated parents lose their parental rights at a disproportionate
rate due to the Adoption and Safe Families Act (ASFA) which set strict
timelines for initiating Termination of Parental Rights (placement
cannot exceed 15 of previous 22 months)13
Parents in Prison
In 2010 1.5 million people were in State or Federal prison in the U.S, and
750,000 in jails. 14
This is a 10% decline from 2009 but still significantly higher than 1980
when “mass incarceration” began.15
92% of people in prison are male, 8% female.16
The number of women in prison increased by 587% between 1980 and
2011, rising from 15,118 to 111,387 17
Including women in local jails, more than 200,000 women are now
incarcerated in the US 18
Nationally, there are more than 120,000 incarcerated mothers and 1.1
million incarcerated fathers who are parents of
minor children (ages 0-17).19
44-55% Percent of fathers had at least one minor child living with
them before incarceration 20
64-84% Percent of mothers had at least one minor child living with
them before incarceration 21
59 percent of fathers and 58 percent of mothers had no personal visits
from any of their children.22
62% of parents in state prisons and 84% of parents in federal prisons
are held over 100 miles away from their residence. 43% of parents in
federal prisons are held over 500 miles away from their last residence.
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