When caregivers provide their child with dependable and reliable information about his or her parent’s incarceration, they lay the foundation for developing resilience. The disclosure fosters a trusting relationship between the caregiver and child, creating a comfortable environment for the child to ask difficult questions while grieving his or her loss and adjusting to a new reality.
A SILENT AMERICAN EPIDEMIC
* ALL RACIAL DESIGNATIONS ARE QUOTED FROM THE ORIGINAL DATA SOURCE
Almost 1 in 2 Americans has had a family member incarcerated
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.
In 40 years, the U.S. incarcerated population 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.
5.3 million American children (under age 18) have had an incarcerated parent
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