When you consider the justice system, do you also think of those who are impacted in addition to the individual facing incarceration in prison? All too often, those incarcerated are not thought of beyond being a felon. In reality, most of them are loved members of their families. They are loved mothers or fathers.
In NH, there are an estimated 15,000 children with a parent who is incarcerated. Another way to think of this, is that 1 in 28 children have a parent in jail or prison; that can be visualized as one in every classroom! Therefore, when we impulsively say that we do not know anybody impacted by prison or we have not worked with a child impacted by incarceration, we may have simply never asked the question. (Annie E. Casey Foundation Policy Report, 2016)