The Relationship Between Imprisonment Of Parents And How It Increases The Risk Of Children

1165 Words Nov 2nd, 2016 5 Pages
The Issue
In recent years’, widespread shifts in policing, prosecution, and criminal justice policy at the local, state, and federal levels have fueled growth in incarceration. (Sykes & Pettit, 2014, p. 128). Incarceration removes individuals from households, placing them in institutions that limit their potential to establish or maintain meaningful relationships with their partners and/or children. (Sykes & Pettit, 2014, p. 129). As a consequence, on any given day, more than 2.6 million children, in countries such as the United States, have a parent in prison or jail, and far more have had a parent incarcerated at some point during their childhood (Wildeman, 2009 as cited by Sykes & Pettit, 2014, p. 128).
In this paper, I will expose the links between imprisonment of parents and how it increases the risk of children experiencing psychological, emotional and economic trauma, as well as how it impacts social bonds between current or potential mates by separation and stigma. In addition, I will also conclude this paper with a review of social programs that are instated to help diminish the effect of incarceration on families.
Current Research
Effects on Spouses
Of the 2.3 million individuals currently incarcerated in the Unites States, as well as the many others released annually from prisons and jails, a majority of them are not solitary individuals but are instead connected to family members as romantic partners and parents. (Glaze, 2011 as cited by Turney, 2015, p.…

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