The Number of Parents in Prison Grows
Group: University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center
According to a report released recently by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, over half of the nation’s prisoners are parents of minor children. Of the total 1,518,535 inmates in custody at midyear 2007, 809,800 had children under eighteen — an estimated 1,796,600 children. This represents 2.3 percent of the total U.S. population under eighteen.
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