Resource: Hidden Consequences: The Impact of Incarceration on Dependent Children

Agencies & Departments : 
Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, National Institute of Justice

This article summarizes the range of risk factors facing children of incarcerated parents. It also cautions against universal policy solutions that seek to address these risk factors but do not take into account the child's unique needs, the child's relationship with the incarcerated parent, and alternative support systems. Correctional practitioners and other service providers can use this resource to better understand how their communication and collaboration can foster a safety net for children and facilitate successful re-entry for the incarcerated parent. Learn more.