Issues & Facts
Today, close to 2.7 million American children — or 1 in 28 children — have an incarcerated parent. Just 25 years ago, this was 1 in 125. (Pew Charitable Trusts, 2010). These are some of the many facts that tell the story of incarceration in the U.S., and its impact on children. Take a few minutes to read these statistics, reflect on them, and then support our efforts to help make life better for these children. Here are the facts: (Source: demoss.com)
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Children of inmates face a number of challenges every day that peers do not.
While we can find out the numbers of children affected by parental incarceration within state and federal prison settings with relative accuracy, we have no knowledge of how many incarcerated parents are in local and county jails.