According to the Urban Institute, more than 2.7 million children have an incarcerated parent and many more have experienced a parent’s incarceration at some point. Research finds that parental incarceration negatively affects children’s physical, mental, and emotional health. A brief explores children’s behaviors when a father is incarcerated and when he has been released. Outcomes are compared with those of children whose fathers never have been incarcerated.
The brief can be obtained at https://www.urban.org/sites/default/files/publication/99370/father_reentry_and_children_outcomes_1.pdf.