Tell Your Legislators to Support Children of Incarcerated Parents

Tell Your Legislators to Support Children of Incarcerated Parents

    1. Wendy Jason
    2. Petition by

      Wendy Jason

      Takoma Park, MD

As the population in U.S. prisons grows, so too does the number of children with incarcerated parents. In 2008, over 1.7 million children had a parent behind bars. Three quarters of all incarcerated women are mothers. In the last 20 years, the number of children with a father in prison has increased by over 75%.

Parental incarceration can expose children to a multiitude of risk factors. These include material hardship and internalized feelings of fear, shame, and grief. Children of incarcerated parents often have difficulty controliing aggressive, self-destructive, and disruptive behaviors.

The correctional system in its current form fails to acknowledge the needs of the children of those it incarcerates. Parents are regularly sent to prisons far away from their homes, making family visits difficult if not impossible. Prison visiting rooms are typically uninviting for children, and many prisoners are not allowed to have contact visits - children are not able to hug, kiss, or hold the hand of their parents. Further, most states provide little to no resources for children upon the incarceration of their parents.

It is imperative, for the good of both the families whom incarceration directly impacts as well as the communities from whence they come, that policy makers seek to address these issues now.

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    • Stephanie McCrory FLORENCE, MS
      • over 3 years ago

      Some of these incarcerated parents are innocent and these children are struggling!!!!!!!! How would you feel if it was happening to your family, YOUR CHILDREN!!!!!!!!

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    • Ashley Jackson CHICAGO, IL
      • over 3 years ago

      Let's stop the cradle to prison pipeline and implement more "common sense" policies that will benefit our most vulnerable children. To ignore this plight, is negligent.

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    • KAREN JOHNSON KENT, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      THIS WOULD BE WHY WE HAVE SOME MANY KIDS THAT FALLOW THE SAME PATH! NEED TO FIX THIS PROBLEM!!!

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    • Alice Gilliam DELPHIA, KY
      • over 3 years ago

      Children should not be punished by not seeing their parents while incarcerated !! The Court system needs to start thinking about the Children , They are our future !!

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    • sarah burton VIPER, KY
      • over 3 years ago

      I was the child of an incarcerated parent for 21 years of my life. I am now 30. The children should not be punished for the parents mistakes. Please help...

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