Jail Bird Baby’s Daddy–Break the Cycle

Updated 06/01/2018

When a father goes to prison, his family goes to prison–and that, of course, includes the children, the biggest losers.

In 2007, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, “Incarceration and the Family – A Review of Research and Promising Approaches for Serving Fathers and Families: Characteristics of Incarcerated Fathers”, 744,200 state and federal prisoners were fathers to 1,599,200 children under the age of 18 (Glaze & Maruschak, 2008).

And, an unpublished study by Mumola, estimates that the total number of children that have either a mother, father or both in some part of the correctional system–whether jail, prison or correctional supervision, such as parole or probation–is 7,476,500!

And that’s only counting parents that are currently in the system. Those numbers don’t include parents who have ever been in the system–which, undoubtedly, would be much, much higher.

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Mrs. Rhee
(special guest blogger and new co-host of No Single Mama Drama Radio)

It is no secret that we are experiencing the highest national unemployment rate in over 20 years, 10.2 percent to be exact, and, as a result, employers are handing out furlough days like Christmas candy; salaries are being frozen, with no increases in sight; and, food banks are no longer just servicing the homeless—now, middle-class families need a helping hand, too.

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