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We are committed to ministering and advocating for the incarcerated community and their families.

 

Impacts to Children of Incarcerated Parents

 

 

 

 

Trauma

 

Children of incarcerated parents may face a range of traumatic experiences as a result of

 

  • – Events related to a parent’s arrest
  • – Witnessing violence in their communities or directly in their household
  • – Exposure to drug and/or alcohol abuse
  • – Involvement in the child welfare system

 

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Poverty

 

Children of incarcerated parents are generally more likely to face sustained poverty because

 

  • – When a family’s economic security is disrupted, their ability to provide housing, healthcare, and food suffers
  • – Family members who step in to raise the children of incarcerated parents often face financial hardships themselves
  • – A household income drops an average of 22% when fathers are incarcerated

 

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Mental Health

 

  • – Children of incarcerated parents are at a high risk of developing psychological and emotional problems. Many children
  • – Suffer from antisocial behavior, anxiety, and depression
  • – Have trouble accessing and receiving mental health services

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Potential Activities to Address These Issues

 

Make it easier for a child to visit an incarcerated parent – especially since prisons are generally not near where the child lives

 

  • – Make it easier to communicate on a regular basis with an incarcerated parent
  • – Establish a more effective mentoring program
  • – Ensure a more nurturing environment in the schools

 

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Videos

Our Opportunity: An Overview of the Criminal Justice System 
Prodigal Project: The Opportunities in Hiring the Formerly Incarcerated 

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Spend a night with the founder of Homeboy Industries

Join Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries at St. Thomas More Chapel September 19th at 7pm.

October 31, 2017

“San Quentin, I hate every inch of you.” Johnny Cash

On February 24, 1969, Johnny Cash performed at San Quentin for the fourth time. He wrote a song for the occasion entitled, “San Quentin.” Before…

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September 26, 2017

Malta’s Weekly Trivia #5

Do you know how much releases in Connecticut that end up back in prison within three years cost taxpayers every year? Test your knowledge with Malta’s Weekly…

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September 12, 2017

Malta’s Weekly Trivia #4

Do you know the percent of companies that that support legislation making it illegal to discriminate in hiring people with a criminal record? Test your knowledge…

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September 11, 2017

Former ex-offender extends gratitude to MJI board members

Article in New Canaan Advertiser, Sept. 8, 2017 Op-Ed: Prison inmate applauds New Canaan’s Moran and Yanicelli By Mark S. Dallaire Osborn Correctional Institution (Somers,…

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