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WWL: Children of Incarcerated Parents
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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One out of fifteen black children has a parent in prison


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One out of fifteen black children has a parent in prison, compared to one in one hundred eleven white children.

That’s just one of many shocking statistics you’ll find when you start looking into the problem of children with parents behind bars. For instance: About half of all children with incarcerated parents are under ten years old. The research on how having a parent in prison affects their children isn’t clear… but many worry that for these younger kids - that might mean developmental and social delays.

Today Where We Live – a child in need of a parent. Families who are ashamed to reach out for support because of social stigmas.

We’ll explore what we do know about children of the incarcerated nationally and here in Connecticut. We’ll look at what is available for support, what works and doesn’t, and how legislation might help to prevent children of the incarcerated from becoming incarcerated themselves.

This program originally aired on 1/26/10.

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What an exceptional program. It gave the issue an entirely different, but very important vantage point, that needs to be discussed.Thank you.  The one thing that was missing for me, was a discusison about race.  The fact that 1/15 Black Children has a parent in jail, as is mentioned at the top of the page was not touched.  It's almost as if there are parellel universes among the different races in this country.   It seems shockingly similar to the old Jim Crow.  For decades, before the Civil Rights Movement was so strong, people lived with the Jim Crow. I feel like we are in those times -- the 1910's, 20's, 30's, 40's when the oppression was there -- but there was not a strong movement to address it.  I think we need to build a movement to address the new Jim Crow in the justice system.