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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 2016, 47% of people in state prisons and 57% in federal prisons were parents of minor children.
- Most parents in prison are fathers (626,800 fathers compared to 57,700 mothers).
- The number of fathers in prison increased 48% and the number of mothers in prison increased 96% between 1991 and 2016.