(NEWSER) – One in 14 children have had at least one parent incarcerated during their life—a percentage that's even higher for poor children and black children—and that's having a negative impact on their lives, USA Todayreports The statistics come from a report—Parents Behind Bars: What Happens to Their Children?—published Tuesday by Child Trends.
Report co-author David Murphey says he wants the public to "realize there's more to it than the adults themselves." Children with an incarcerated parent can suffer from a lack of contact with that parent and fear of visiting them in prison, but also from societal stigma, according to the AP. "If your parent is a soldier overseas, everyone says, 'Oh, you're brave,'" one expert says. "When your parent is in prison…you're not viewed in the same heroic way."
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