Children of the Incarcerated

Across the nation, children of the incarcerated, as much as their parents, bear the consequences of a misdeed or a mistake. They are disproportionately poor, African American and Latino and, for many, their lives are shaped by the same cycle of recidivism that ensnares their incarcerated parents. This cycle leaves children of the incarcerated bound by poverty, violence, uncertainty and deprivation. Research shows that, without intervention, a large percentage of children with parents involved in the criminal justice system are themselves likely to end up in the system.

Community Renewal's three-year Children of the Incarcerated campaign combines public education, civic engagement and direct advocacy and will lead the region in developing public policy initiatives that address the needs of children with incarcerated parents.

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