INFOGRAPHIC: Children of Incarcerated Parents
Approximately 2.7 million children in the United States under the age of 18 have an incarcerated parent
Source: Pew Charitable Trust, 2010
- Children of incarcerated parents are more likely to experience emotional and psychological trauma.
- Children of incarcerated parents are six times more likely to become incarcerated themselves as adults.
Source: Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1999
In Washington state...
- 7,917 inmates in Washington state prisons reported having at least one minor child in 2015.
- Of the 15,888 total male inmates, 7,186 reported having at least one minor child, while 8,702 had no minor-aged children.
- Of the 1,310 total female inmates, 733 reported having at least one minor child, while 577 had no minor-aged children.
Source: 2015 Offender Needs Survey
- The Pew Charitable Trusts. “Collateral Costs: Incarceration’s Effect on Economic Mobility,” 2010.
- Myers, Barbara J. “Children of Incarcerated Mothers,” in “The Journal of Child and Family Studies, 1999.
- OMNI Population and ONA responses, Washington State Department of Corrections Data and Analytics Unit, 2015.