Children of Incarcerated Parents

Children whose parents have been arrested and incarcerated face unique difficulties.
Many have experienced the trauma of sudden separation from their sole caregiver, and
most are vulnerable to feelings of fear, anxiety, anger, sadness, depression and guilt.
They may be moved from caretaker to caretaker. The behavioral consequences can be
severe, absent positive intervention—emotional withdrawal, failure in school,
delinquency and risk of intergenerational incarceration.1 Yet these children seem to fall
through the cracks. Police do not routinely ask at the time of arrest whether their
prisoners have children, nor do sentencing judges or correctional agencies regularly raise
this question. Since no agency collects data about these children, “…it is unclear how
many are affected, who they are, or where they live.”

Children of Incarcerated Parents

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