Saturday, November 28, 2009

Parents Behind Bars

An estimated 2.4 million children in the United States have a parent behind bars. These children have done nothing wrong, yet they suffer from the consequences of their parent's incarceration.

Incarceration places a strain on family relationships as relatives and spouses struggle to take on the role of parenting. Parents and children may find it difficult to remain connected during the parent's prison sentence. Parents are often incarcerated far from home making visits costly and difficult. Prisons and jail charge 10 times the standard rate for collect phone calls - sometimes the only contact available to families.

Read more in the article "Children Of Prisoners."

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