The startling statistic that approximately one in 99 U.S. adults is serving time in jail or prison has gotten a lot of attention. What isn't getting as much play is the effect this has on other people, specifically the children of incarcerated adults.
It’s estimated that more than 2 million children have one or both parents serving time in federal or state penitentiaries. An additional 8 million minors have had a parent incarcerated at some point in their lives, according to Susanna Ryan, author and social activist.
Even though approximately 10 million children deal with the reality in their everyday lives, there’s little support for the boys and girls who suffer from the emotional and psychological effects of being separated from their parent(s) and from the stigma of their circumstances, she says.