Children are "doing time" too!

January 30, 2017

 

How do we as a society support the "most" marginalised children - those children with one parent, or both parents, in prison?

Going to jail is just part of the business of being a "crim", but their families are also "doing time".

Their lives are on hold as they sit at home waiting for a phone call, a letter, for the next visit to the jail.

And the young children are the worst affected. Their young lives disrupted with the loss of their father, or mother. The shame and guilt they feel among their peers.  Carrying a sense of abandonment and betrayal... and rejection.

We need to invest more money and time in supporting the families of prisoners, particularly the children. The stats on intergenerational offending are mind-blowing - children of prisoners are six times more likely to also be incarcerated in their life time.

  

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