The Handbook of Families and Poverty covers hotly debated issues associated with public policy and funded research as they relate to families and poverty. Contributors, bringing multiple perspectives to bear, aim to show alternatives to welfare in subgroups facing specific challenges that are currently not adequately addressed by the welfare system.  Readers will appreciate the insightful summaries of research involving poverty and its relationship to couple, marital, and family dynamics.

Incarceration, Poverty, and Families

Incarceration, Poverty, and Families

Incarceration, poverty, and families

Amajor social change in the United States is the increase in the prevalence of incarceration during the past 35 years. From 1970 to 2005, the incarceration rate per 100,000 U.S. residents increased more than seven times from 100 to 738 (Bonczar, 2003; Harrison & Beck, 2005; Stucky, Heimer, & Lang, 2005). Incarceration is most prevalent among young, minority males. In 2005, the incarceration rate was 1,366 per 100,000 for males compared with only 129 per 100,000 for females. Among men in their late twenties, 12% of African Americans were in prison compared with 3.7% of Latinos and 1.7% of whites (Harrison & Beck, 2006).

Those figures are based on snapshots of the number of people in prison at a ...

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