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- An estimated 856,000 children in California have a parent currently involved in California’s adult criminal justice system, nearly 9% of the state’s children. (approx. 200,000 have one parent in state prison, 97,000 have a parent in jail, and 564,000 have parents on parole or probation.)
- One in 5 of these children have witnessed their parent’s arrest.
- Police and courts do not regularly inquire at the time of arrest or sentencing whether a prisoner has children.
- 60% of parents in state prison report being held over 100 miles from their children.
- In 1999, the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics found that 54% of mothers and 57% of fathers in state prisons reported never having had a single visit from their children.
- Children’s odds of delinquency increase dramatically when visits with their incarcerated parent are denied.
- Children who are allowed regular visits with their incarcerated parent demonstrate better emotional and social adjustment; they can be assured they are loved and that their parents have not abandoned them by choice.
- Regular visits between children and their incarcerated parent lower rates of recidivism for the parent and improves family reunification following the parent’s release.