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Interrupted LifeExperiences of Incarcerated Women in the United States$
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Rickie Solinger and Rebecca Sharitz

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780520252493

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520252493.001.0001

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Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Bill of Rights

Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Bill of Rights

(p.37) 5 Children of Incarcerated Parents: A Bill of Rights
Interrupted Life

San Francisco Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership

University of California Press

More than two million American children have a parent behind bars today. Seven million, or one in ten of the nation's children, have a parent under criminal justice supervision—in jail or prison, on probation, or on parole. Little is known about what becomes of children when their parents are incarcerated. There is no requirement that systems serving children—schools, child welfare, juvenile justice—address parental incarceration. The children of prisoners are guaranteed nothing. They have committed no crime, but the penalty they are required to pay is steep. A criminal justice model that took as its constituency not just individuals charged with breaking the law, but also families and communities within which their lives are embedded—one that respected the rights and needs of children—might become one that inspired the confidence and respect of those families and communities, and so played a part in stemming, rather than perpetuating, the cycle of crime and incarceration. This chapter presents a Bill of Rights for children of incarcerated parents.

Keywords:   Bill of Rights, children of prisoners, criminal justice, incarcerated parents, crime, incarceration

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