This centennial collection of essays and original research studies captures the varied spectrum of philosophies and concerns of the Board and staff of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) over the past century . The criminological experts represented in this volume are renowned for their study and research into the far reaches of this field of study. As a chronicle of the NCCD’s development, editors Barry Krisberg, Susan Marchionna, and Christopher Baird include some of the most groundbreaking material to come out of the workings of this unique American institution.
Chapter 18: The Plight of Children Whose Parents are in Prison
The Plight of Children Whose Parents are in Prison
Incarcerated Parents: A Growing National Problem
Traditional discussions about sentencing policy pay scant attention to the effects of imprisonment on parents and their children. However, the enormous rise in the numbers of people behind bars, especially women, has brought this issue to prominence. In 1999, more than half of all state and federal prisoners reported having a child under the age of 18. Over 721,500 parents of an estimated 1,324,900 minor children are confined in prisons. Since 46 percent of these incarcerated parents reported that they resided with their children prior to entering prison, the Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that 336,300 U.S. households with minor children ...