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 31, 2021
Race & Justice News: Maryland Will Test Racial Impact Statements
Whites became more punitive near large Black populations in post-Jim Crow era, Maryland will test racial impact statements to assess legislation, Virginia police task force discontinues use of gang database, and more in Race & Justice News.
March 25, 2021
Voting Rights News: Oregon Considers Universal Suffrage
The Sentencing Project worked closely with state coalitions in Connecticut, Georgia, Minnesota and Texas to expand voting rights to citizens with felony convictions. We developed a series of briefing papers highlighting each state’s voter exclusion policies and the laws’ impact on citizens with criminal legal involvement.