September | October 2013

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According to a Pew Chartitable Trusts report, 1 in every 28 children in the United States has a parent behind bars. The problems these children can experience include financial instability, emotional distress, changes in family structure, problems at school, and social stigma. The White House, the U.S. Department of Justice, OJJDP, and other federal agencies are working vigorously across many fronts to help young people affected by a parent's incarceration access the supports and services they need. As part of this commitment, on September 30, 2013, OJJDP organized  a 1-day listening
session, "Mentoring Children of Incarcerated Parents," in partnership with
the White House's Domestic Policy Council and Office of Public Engagement.

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According to a Pew Charitable Trusts report, 54 percent of inmates are parents with minor children (ages 0–7), including more than 120,000 mothers and 1.1 million fathers.

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