Parents Behind Bars: What Happens to Their Children?

Publication number: 2015-42

Author(s): David Murphey; Mae Cooper

Publication date: Oct 2015

Doc type: Report

Children do not often figure in discussions of incarceration, but new research finds more than five million U.S. children have had at least one parent in prison at one time or another—about three times higher than earlier estimates that included only children with a parent currently incarcerated. This report uses the National Survey of Children’s Health to examine both the prevalence of parental incarceration and child outcomes associated with it.

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