New Casey Foundation Report Highlights Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration

April 28, 2016 10:28 am

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On Monday, our frequent partner and supporter the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its latest KIDS COUNT policy report, A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and CommunitiesAlong with the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), in which DataSpark is a member, we want to call attention to this important report.

More than 5 million U.S. children have had a parent in jail or prison at some point in their lives. The incarceration of a parent can have as much impact on a child’s well-being as abuse or domestic violence. But while states spend heavily on corrections, few resources exist to support those left behind. Although the overall societal and economic implications of mass incarceration have prompted calls for the reform, the needs of children who face increased risks must not be overlooked. A Shared Sentence offers commonsense proposals to address the increased poverty and stress that children of incarcerated parents experience.

Our state KIDS COUNT organization also just released its own annual Fact Book, which reports that there are roughly 4,200 children of parents serving a sentence or awaiting trial at the Rhode Island Adult Correctional Institutions (ACI). You can access the RI KIDS COUNT Factbook here and the new AECF report here.