A new set of questions and answers about families and communities involved in the criminal justice system has been published by the National Reentry Resource Center.
Among their findings:
* an estimated 1.7 million children in the US have a parent in prison
* at least 50% of all incarcerated persons in the US have children at home who are under the age of 18
The NRRC also highlights research that shows reduced risk of recidivism for people who maintain healthy contact with their families during their incarceration.
In addition, maintaining strong relationships with family while incarcerated and after release can also result in better outcomes in finding a job after release.
Because of the evidence of better outcomes for those who maintain strong family connections, the NRRC suggests that reentry initiatives address "community and family engagement of people reentering communities through comprehensive reentry planning and coordinating transitional services."
The NRRC FAQ "describes current research, challenges to reentry and family reunification, and best practices for improving reentry outcomes, including examples of effective programs and policies that support successful reentry. The FAQ is meant to be a "living" document that will be updated as new information becomes available."