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A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities

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Description: According to a new report just released by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 312,000 of Florida’s children have experienced the separation of a parent due to incarceration. In A Shared Sentence: The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities, the Casey Foundation offers commonsense steps officials can take to address the increased poverty and stress that children of incarcerated parents experience – which research shows can have as much impact on their well-being as abuse or domestic violence. In Florida, 34.4% of its 99,485 inmates reported having 64,848 minor children as of December 2015. Male inmates constituted 88.0% of the inmates who reported having minor children. Only 15.8% of inmates reported that their children lived in the same county or an adjacent county, limiting the opportunities for in-person visits. The report recommends policies and practices that put the needs of children of incarcerated parents first. It calls on correctional systems, communities and state and local public agencies to help stabilize families and to help preserve family ties during incarceration — and to assist families in successfully moving forward once parents come home.
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