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Parents’ incarceration hurts children, families, report by Casey Foundation finds

The article discusses the lasting effect on families and children when parents are incarcerated and the efforts that have been made to improve family bonding and job search for the ex-inmates.

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Nearly 6 percent of children in Maryland have a parent in prison or jail, which makes it more likely that they will struggle academically, live in poverty, and have other social or psychological problems that could plague them for life.

These are the findings of a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation about the damaging ripple effects of incarceration on families. The report, “A Shared Sentence,” provides strong evidence of the unintended consequences of imprisoning convicts, and the costs borne by children, families and communities. Read more...