This fact sheet provides key facts on parents in prison and policies that impede their ability to care for their children when released from prison.
- In 2004, 52% of people in state prisons and 63% in federal prisons were parents of minor children.
- Most parents in prison are fathers (744,200 fathers compared to 65,600 mothers).
- The number of fathers in prison increased 76% and the number of mothers in prison increased 122% between 1991 and 2007.
This fact sheet is available for download below.
June 28, 2017
Incarceration Rates in an International Perspective
A nation’s rate of incarceration is the number of people incarcerated as a proportion of its total population. Internationally, there is broad variation in the degree to which nations incarcerate their citizens, with a nearly 40-fold difference between the highest and lowest rates. The incarceration rate is often interpreted as a measurement of the degree of punitiveness in a society, although it is an imperfect measurement.