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And, an unpublished study by Mumola, estimates that the total number of children that have either a mother, father or both in some part of the correctional system–whether jail,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.