Essay on The Prisoner's Wife: Incarcerated Parents

1155 Words Oct 27th, 2011 5 Pages
Abstract

My papers purpose is to inform the reader of the ever increasing number of U.S children with incarcerated parents. According to Department of Justice data African American children are nine time more likely than white children to have incarcerated parents, A number double that of what was reported in 1991 Most children of incarcerated parents live in poverty before, during and after their paren't incarceration( Johnston 1995).The social consequences of not meeting the need of these children and their non incarcerated parent will come to the attention of social workers in array of fields of practice. This includes child welfare, mental health and child development, crimminal justice , schools and the juvenile justice system.
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Maintaining contact through phone calls and letters is more common but, these forms of communication are limited by a family's ability to afford expensive collect calls. Without visits from family members the relationships are doomed to fail. The author of the book made a choice to marry and conceive a child with a incarcerated man however, the child and many other children have no choice in who their parents are.

In recent years the number of incarcerated parents have doubled. What happens to these children who's mothers are left solely responsible while the fathers are off serving a "bid" in prison.Growing concern in recent years over the health and well being of children of incarcerated parents has increased research. This research focuses on the well being and the development , living situations and the resources needed to assist these families. In addition, there are concerns related to what happens upon re- entry when the incarcerated parent returns to the community and to his family. Also the increased rates of women incarcerated raise concerns for the need of these children.

The author percieved family model was altered by her choice to marry a felon. While reading the book you view the change in the author ideological view points on impact of imprionment on families. Further the book advocates for sentencing reforms and explains her view of

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