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PARENTAL INCARCERATION - A SILENT

AMERICAN EPIDEMIC

The United States accounts for less than 5% of the world's population, but almost 25% of the world's incarcerated prisoners.

International Incarceration Rates

Data: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (USA rate); World Prison Brief, Institute for Criminal Policy Research (other rates).

 

Over the last 40 years, the US incarcerated population has increased by almost 500%.

US Incarcerated Population

Data: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics.

 

Over half of the US incarcerated population are parents of minors (children under age 18).

US Parental Incarceration Growth

Data: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics (USA rate); World Prison Brief, Institute for Criminal Policy Research (other rates).

 

US Minors with Incarcerated Parent

1 in 28

(> 2.7 million) American children has a parent who is currently incarcerated.

Data: The Pew Charitable Trusts. 2010. “Collateral Costs: Incarceration's Effect on Economic Mobility.” Washington, DC. The Pew Charitable Trusts.

 

US Minors with Incarcerated Parent

1 in 14

American children has a parent that is or has been incarcerated.

Data: Murphey, David, and P. Mae Cooper. 2015. “Parents Behind Bars What Happens to Their Children?” Child Trends, Inc.

 

PARENTAL INCARCERATION IS NOT

COLOR BLIND

In the US, black Americans are incarcerated at more than 5 times the rate of white Americans.

* racial designations reflect data from respective studies

Data: The Pew Charitable Trusts. 2010. “Collateral Costs: Incarceration's Effect on Economic Mobility.” Washington, DC. The Pew Charitable Trusts; Pettit, Becky, and Bryan Sykes. 2017. “Incarceration.” In “State of the Union: The Poverty and Inequality Report,” ed. Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, special issue, Pathways Magazine.

US Parental Incarceration: Racial Disparity

US Parental Incarceration: Racial Disparity