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INFOGRAPHIC: Children of Incarcerated Parents

100-PO005 (P03/08/2016)

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(Rachel Friederich , DOC Communications)

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Approximately 2.7 million children in the United States under the age of 18 have an incarcerated parent

Source: Pew Charitable Trust, 2010

Risk Factors:
  • Children of incarcerated parents are more likely to experience emotional and psychological trauma.
  • Children of incarcerated parents are six times more likely to become incarcerated themselves as adults.

Source: Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1999

In Washington state...
  • 7,917 inmates in Washington state prisons reported having at least one minor child in 2015.
  • Of the 15,888 total male inmates, 7,186 reported having at least one minor child, while 8,702 had no minor-aged children.
  • Of the 1,310 total female inmates, 733 reported having at least one minor child, while 577 had no minor-aged children.

Source: 2015 Offender Needs Survey

Sources
  1. The Pew Charitable Trusts. “Collateral Costs: Incarceration’s Effect on Economic Mobility,” 2010.
    http://www.pewtrusts.org/~/media/legacy/uploadedfiles/pcs_assets/2010/collateralcosts1pdf.pdfAdobe PDF document file
  2. Myers, Barbara J. “Children of Incarcerated Mothers,” in “The Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1999.
  3. OMNI Population and ONA responses, Washington State Department of Corrections Data and Analytics Unit, 2015.
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