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February 1, 2013 (San Francisco Bay View)

Children are affected by incarceration

In America, 1.4 million children have an incarcerated parent.
Amy Buckley writes that “these children are affected in numerous ways and those effects can be detrimental, often contributing to rebellious behavior and other problems."

She notes that since “judges don’t consider children when sentencing a parent—and women are more likely to have minor children than men--  grandparents often have to step in and raise their grandchildren.  Some children end up with other relatives or even in foster care.”

Between 1980 and 2010 the rate of women in prison increased by 646 percent, according to a fact sheet from The Sentencing Project.

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