Incarceration

Facts, Links, Books, and Videos to help support families impacted by incarceration

 

Lillian Hof, Madison Spicuzza, Alexa Tymon, Maria DiFranco, Megan Carcaise

 

What is Incarceration?

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It can be difficult to talk about incarceration with your child. Here, Alex is talking about how he feels with a dad who is incarcerated.  Listen to him together with your child as he explains  incarceration in terms that they will understand and describes feelings that they might relate to.

 
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Basic Facts

 

How many children in the U.S are impacted by incarceration?

"Between 1991 and 2007, the share of children who had incarcerated parents rose 79 percent. Today, nearly half the prisoners in state prisons are parents."

What is the impact on children?

"When a parent is incarcerated, the impact on the children is large and often hidden. Not only do such children lose a parent, they must also cope with altered systems of care."

 

Important Articles and Websites

 

Tip Sheet

Organizations that help families impacted by incarceration

The Impact of Incarceration on Children

 Families Impacted by Incarceration Program - Mental Health Association

Supporting Students with Parents who were/are Incarcerated

 
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Resources

Anderson, M.D. (2019, January 28). Locked Away: The Toll of Mass Incarceration on Students. Edutopia. https://www.edutopia.org/article/locked-away-toll-mass-incarceration-students    

Berger, L.M, Cancian, M. et. (2016). Incarceration and CPS Involvement. Fast Focus, No. 24, 1-4. https://www.irp.wisc.edu/publications/fastfocus/pdfs/FF24-2016.pdf

Child Welfare Information Gateway. (n.d). Organizations in Support of CHildren and Families of the Incarcerated. https://www.childwelfare.gov/organizations/?CWIGFunctionsaction=rols:main.dspList&rolType=Custom&RS_ID=113&rList=ROL


Children of Incarcerated Parents. (2016, June). Tip Sheet for Providers: Supporting Children Who Have Incarcerated Parents. Youth.gov https://youth.gov/sites/default/files/COIP-TipSheet-Providers_Final.pdf

Davis, L.M & Williams, M. V & et. (2011). Understanding the Public Health Implications of Prisoner Reentry in California: State-of-the-State Report. RAND Corporation.

Families Impacted by Incarceration Program. (n.d). Mental Health Association of Frederick County. https://fcmha.org/how-we-help/families-impacted-by-incarceration-program


Martin, E. (2017, March). Hidden Consequences: The Impact of Incarceration on Dependent Children. National Institute of Justice. https://nij.ojp.gov/topics/articles/hidden-consequences-impact-incarceration-dependent-children