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Children of Inmates & Mental Illness

Fact: There are approximately 2.7 million children with one or both parents incarcerated in the United States.

Fact: One quarter of black children born in 1990 have seen a parent go to jail or prison by age 14.  

Fact: Children with incarcerated parents are three times more likely to suffer depression and behavioral problems. 

Fact: Children with incarcerated parents are also more likely to suffer from higher levels of asthma, obesity, and speech problems. 

Source: Kids are Paying the Price for America’s Prison Binge, Mother Jones


U.S. is One of Two Countries with No Federal Minimum Age for Criminal Responsibility

Fact: In the United States, there is no federally set minimum age for criminal responsibility.

Fact: 37 states have also opted not to establish a minimum age of criminal responsibility.

Fact: This is in violation of the UNICEF Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Fact: The United States is one of only two countries in the world to have signed but not ratified the convention, with the other being Somalia. 

Source: Incarceration Nation, Foreign Policy Passport

Over Half of U.S. Prisoners Are Parents

Fact: 52% of state inmates and 63% of federal inmates are parents to a child under 18 years old.

Fact: An estimated 1.7 million minors have one or both parents in prison – approximately 2% of the U.S. youth population. This does not include children with parents who have served time or are currently under probation or parole.

Fact: Since 1991, parents of minor children held in state or federal facilities has increased 79%.

Source: Parents in Prison and Their Minor Children, Bureau of Justice Statistics