"A man's family serves his time with him." From Law and Order: Criminal Intent

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Mommies and Daddies in Jail

Children, who are victims of their parent's crimes, are often afraid and confused by the changes in their own lives. Their questions and deeply felt concerns are not always addressed. A 16 page booklet, MOMMIES AND DADDIES IN JAIL, clearly and concisely addresses this issue.

A scenario about a child who witnesses the arrest of a parent is followed by questions that are asked by the child and answered throughout the process from arrest to incarceration. It is designed to be ordered by an agency, organization, or sponsor and offered as a free publication.

Moms and Dads Come Home from Jail

MOMS AND DADS COME HOME FROM JAIL is a reentry booklet designed for children with an incarcerated parent, their families, and the professionals who serve them.

The 24 page booklet tells a story about a child who finds out his dad is coming back home. The child has many questions about what will happen and, throughout the story, his questions are answered. It is designed to be ordered by an agency, organization, or sponsor and offered as a free publication.

Why We Created Mommies and Daddies in Jail & Moms and Dads Come Home from Jail:

Mother Hugging Husband And ChildIn part, due to mandatory sentencing guidelines between 1990 and 1999, there was a huge increase in the US prison population. For example, in 1991 before this policy was implemented, there was an estimated half million children with a parent in prison. By 2000 the number had grown to an estimated 1.5 million.

  • According to a Department of Justice report from the year 2007, 2.3 percent of children in the United States (nearly 1.7 million children) had an incarcerated parent.
  • 22% of these children are under 5 years old.
  • At least 1 in 50 children had a parent incarcerated in local or county facilities. (Pediatrics: Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics).
  • On any given day more than 7 million children may have a parent in prison or jail or under parole or probation supervision.
  • There is a disparate impact on minorities: African American children are almost 9 times more likely to have a parent in prison. Hispanic children are 3 times more likely.
  • About 2/3 of teens whose mothers have arrest histories also have fathers with arrest histories.
  • 1 out of every 10 children with an incarcerated mother ends up in foster care.
  • Without effective intervention strategies, as many as 70 percent (of children of incarcerated parents) may become involved with the criminal justice system. (from Carole Thompson).

Research shows that children with an incarcerated parent are impacted socially (acting out behaviors, friendship problems, communication), emotionally (depression, anger, confusion, feelings of abandonment), and academically (attention, concentration, learning issues, poor grades).


Since 2007, over 10,000 booklets have been distributed to schools; correctional facilities in Maryland, Florida, Mississippi, Wisconsin, Iowa, New York; public libraries; mental health agencies; health and human services; parole and probation officers; the court; legislators; and directors of corporations. Evaluation forms indicate the text and pictures are effective; the booklet encourages children to make comments and ask questions; addresses children's needs; and helps adults.

Father talking to Mother and Child in PrisonThe booklets give inmates, at a loss about what to tell their children, a guide to explain what happened. The booklets helps parents/caregivers provide honest explanations, explain the reality of jail, and encourage the child to express thoughts and feelings. After presentations, teachers, counselors, and psychologists become more sensitive to the parent's situation and help children improve attention, learning, and behavior in school. Availability at public libraries, jail lobbies, and waiting rooms of support professionals allows anyone to pick up a copy and avoid the stigma of revealing this painful situation.

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