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NCJ Number: NCJ 222984     Find in a Library
Title: Parents in Prison and their Minor Children
Series: BJS Special Reports
Author(s): Lauren E. Glaze ; Laura M. Maruschak
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 08/2008
Page Count: 25
Sale Source: Justice Statistics Clearinghouse/NCJRS
P.O. Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: Text PDF 
Agency Summary: Agency Summary 
Type: Statistics
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents data from the 2004 Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities about inmates who were parents and their minor children.
Abstract: This report compares estimates of the number of incarcerated parents and their children under the age of 18, by gender, age, race, and Hispanic origin in State and Federal prisons in 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, and 2007. It presents the total number of children who were minors at some time during their parent’s incarceration. The report describes selected background characteristics of parents in prisons, including marital status, citizenship, education, offense type, criminal history, employment, prior experiences of homelessness, drug and alcohol involvement, mental health, and physical and sexual abuse. It provides family background of inmate parents, including household makeup, public assistance received by household, drug and alcohol use, and incarceration of family members. It includes information on the children’s daily care, financial support, current caregivers, and frequency and type of contact with incarcerated parents. Highlights include the following: The Nation’s prisons held approximately 744,200 fathers and 65,600 mothers at midyear 2007; parents held in the Nation’s prisons--52 percent of State inmates and 63 percent of Federal inmates--reported having an estimated 1,706,600 minor children, accounting for 2.3 percent of the U.S. resident population under age 18; growth in the number of parents held in State and Federal prisons was outpaced by the growth in the Nation’s prison population between 1991 and midyear 2007. 1 figure, 15 tables, and 20 appended tables
Main Term(s): Inmate statistics
Index Term(s): Federal correctional facilities ; State correctional facilities ; Children of incarcerated offenders ; Age group comparisons ; Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) ; Inmate characteristics ; Gender ; Hispanic ; Race
   
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