Forgotten by the system: State has no idea how many Texas youth have incarcerated parents
Grits for Breakfast
October 31, 2018

According to a presentation by the Texas Legislative Budget Board to the Texas House Corrections Committee from May regarding children of women incarcerated in Texas state prisons, there is little data or information on the issue. Given the extent to which having an incarcerated parent is a significant risk factor for children to later engage in crime, providing support for them while their parent is away conceivably could have significant crime-deterring effects. But Texas can’t even define the scope of that problem, much less measure inputs and outcomes to see what works best to prevent crime among these youth. They have been forgotten by the system.

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