Every year, as a result of a misstep or ineffective decision making, families across America, and here in Louisiana, have to deal with the fathers or mothers being separated from the home. This separation sometimes causes almost irreparable damage upon the family’s ability to prosper and the children’s ability to overcome the stigma associated with the separation. Without direct assistance, we will see continued growth of those in poverty and an increase in the number of children dropping out of school.
An estimated 2.7 million American children have an incarcerated parent. The problem has become so common that Sesame Street recently introduced a character with an incarcerated parent, to teach children how to cope with this difficult situation and the shame that can accompany it. Even worse, the data suggest an extraordinary racial disparity: 11.4 percent of black children have an incarcerated parent, 3.5 percent of Hispanic children, and 1.8 percent of white children. ( http://www.bu.edu/sph/)
When the parent is incarcerated, the economic impact is felt immediately due the fact that many times the person incarcerated is the primary income provider. Of course, this impact is continued even at post release due the long term collateral consequences related to incarceration, such high employment for those returning from incarceration. ( http://www.pewtrusts.org/en/research-and-analysis/reports/0001/01/01/collateral-costs)
Capital Area ReEntry Coalition (CAPARC) is an organization of service agencies committed to providing the tools necessary at seeing lives transformed and families restored!
Executive Director of CAPARC