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Data Sources on Parents

Incarcerated Parents

Demographic Information
The U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) presents data from the Surveys of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities concerning inmates with minor children. Numeric tables present data on the percent of inmates with children under age 18 and children's current caregivers. Tables also estimate the number of parents in state and federal prisons, as well as the number of minor children and households affected by the imprisonment of a parent. Information on inmates' frequency and type of contact with their children is also provided.

The Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents' mission is preventing intergenerational crime and incarceration. Its goals are the production of high quality documentation on and the development of model services for children of criminal offenders and their families.

The Resource Center for Children of Prisoners was developed originally by CWLA with a cooperative award from the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections. It provides links to resources for children who have incarcerated parents. The site emphasizes services for families and children and provides links to current statistics and research. The resource center has
  • conducted research and evaluation,
  • collected and disseminated information,
  • provided training and technical assistance, and
  • increased awareness among the many disciplines and service systems that come in contact with families separated by incarceration.
The resource center's goal is to improve the quality of information available about children with incarcerated parents and to develop resources that will help create better outcomes for these children and their families.

In 2006, the resource center will move to a new home on the website of The Family and Corrections Network.

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