PARENTAL INCARCERATION DEMOGRAPHICS

A SILENT AMERICAN EPIDEMIC

* PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL RACIAL DESIGNATIONS ARE QUOTED FROM THE ORIGINAL DATA SOURCE

 A Fwd.us Study. Data retrieved from everysecond.fwd.us/downloads/EverySecond.fwd.us.pdf on 10/22/2020. A KidsMates Graphic.

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

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

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

Data: U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics. A KidsMates Graphic.

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

Data: Original analysis for The Pew Charitable Trusts by Bruce Western and Becky Pettit, 2009. A KidsMates Graphic.

1 in 28 Data: The Pew Charitable Trusts. 2010. “Collateral Costs: Incarceration's Effect on Economic Mobility.” Washington, DC. The Pew Charitable Trusts.

1 in 14 Data: Murphey, David, and P. Mae Cooper. 2015. “Parents Behind Bars What Happens to Their Children?” Child Trends, Inc. A KidsMates Graphic.

 

STRUCTURAL RACISM

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. A KidsMates Graphic

Compared to white American children, Black American children are more than six times as likely to have a currently incarcerated parent.

Black Americans have a 1 in 4 risk of having a parent incarcerated during their childhood, seven times the risk of white Americans.

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