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A Review of Research on the Likelihood of Children with Incarcerated Parents Becoming Justice-Involved
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Researchers, James M. Conway, Ph.D. and Edward T. Jones, from Central Connecticut State University in collaboration with The National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated and Children with Incarcerated Parents (CIP) Initiative released a report in 2015 that exaCIP_GRNmines the research on the impact on children of having an incarcerated parent. Conway and Jones wanted to evaluate the claims that CIP are “six times more likely” than other children to become justice-involved, and that “seven out of ten'” CIP will become justice-involved.

They discovered the numbers are not as high as commonly reported:

  • Estimates of CIP justice-involvement are slightly more than three out of ten not the commonly quoted number of seven out of ten.
  • CIP are more likely to become justice-involved, but NOT six times more likely—on average only three times more likely.
  • In only one study did the results support with the idea that parental incarceration may be the cause of elevated justice-involvement in CIP.


The common belief that CIP are more likely to be justice-invlovled puts a stimgma on the children. The report concludes that since the data does not support the exaggerated claims, these claims should be abandoned.


Read the full report


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Posted Tue, Mar 22 2016 4:00 PM by Elizabeth
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