Kids Punished as Parents Do Time

Almost a half-million in Texas, have experienced separation from a parent who is incarcerated. A new Annie E. Casey Foundation report makes a number of recommendations to state and local policymakers to help because the children often struggle with emotional and financial instability.

Katharine Ligon with the Center for Public Policy Priorities, says the plight of a person’s family in the sentencing process is rarely considered.

“Texas has historically been a ‘tough on crime’ state, where we have a high rate of individuals who are incarcerated. But I think there is that cognitive dissonance when we disassociate that individual from their family.”

The report recommends improving access to financial, legal, child-care and housing assistance while a parent is in prison.

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