The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention recently released statistics indicating that approximately 1.7 million children have at least one parent in prison — and that’s not even counting those who have a parent in county jail. These number are not particularly surprising, considering that there are around 2.2 million people in the United States who are currently incarcerated at the federal, state, or county level. Not surprisingly given the standing racial disparities in arrest and sentencing, African-American children are more than seven times as likely as white youth and nearly three times as likely as Hispanic children to have an incarcerated parent.

In case you’re wondering as you look at the graph to the right, nationally the percentage of people who have children is 73, so inmates are about as likely  to have children as the average American.

 

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