The Effect of Incarceration and Reentry on Children, Families, and Communities
Source: Urban Institute
Resource Type: Documents and Publications
Focus Population: Family Members, People with Criminal Justice System Involvement
Topics: Criminal or Juvenile Justice System, Post-discharge, Community Reentry
In short, the children, families, and former prisoners impacted by incarceration may represent a group more at-risk than any other subculture in the country. The stakes are high in terms of addressing their needs and reducing the risk of recidivism, relapse and family violence. At the same time, the opportunities are also substantial and bear the promise of profound and far reaching benefits for all involved. To date, however, there has been little attention focused on the repercussions of the annual removal and return of hundreds of thousands of adults—many of whom are parents—on the families and communities left behind, and how the needs of these populations can best be met collaboratively within the health and human services and criminal justice systems.