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.
March 18, 2020
The Sentencing Project Releases its 2019 Annual Report
Learn more about how our research and analysis in 2019 played a major role in shaping campaign priorities around criminal justice reform and highlighting the impact of excessive sentencing.
August 29, 2019
Virtual Life Sentences
Over 44,000 people around the country are serving a sentence of 50 years or more. This fact sheet provides a summary of this long-overlooked population of individuals serving such sentences.