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Parents in Prison

September 27, 2012
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.

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.

Overview:

  • 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.

 
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