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November 28, 2012 (ABC Univision)

More Children Growing Up With Parents Behind Bars

The number of children with parents behind bars in the United States is growing. And a Latino child is more than twice as likely to have an incarcerated parent as a white child.

One in 42 Latino children has a parent in prison, compared to 1 in 111 white children, according to Incarcerated Parents and Their Children Trends 1991-2007, a 2009 report from The Sentencing Project, which used data from the U.S. Department of Justice. And, when it comes to black children, one in 15 has a parent in prison.

The Sentencing Project report found that children who grow up with parents  in prison are more likely to "drop out of school, engage in delinquency, and subsequently be incarcerated themselves."

Issue Area(s): Sentencing Policy, Incarceration, Collateral Consequences