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NCJ Number: 198914 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Offenders, Fatherhood, and Incarceration: Information for Well-Informed Programs and Policies
Journal: Offender Programs Report  Volume:6  Issue:5  Dated:January/February 2003  Pages:65-66,76,78
Author(s): Anne M. Nurse Ph.D.
Editor(s): Russ Immarigeon M.S.W
Date Published: January 2003
Page Count: 5
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examined how the incarceration of juvenile fathers affected their relationships with their children and examined the need to develop policy and program alternatives.
Abstract: Each year an increasing number of young fathers spend time in the Nation’s correctional facilities. Time incarcerated presents insurmountable obstacles for a father struggling to build or maintain a close and positive relationship with his children. This article addresses the juvenile, incarcerated father population and findings from a study on how being in prison affected fathers’ relationships with their children. Surveys were conducted with 258 paroled fathers from the California Youth Authority with follow-up in-depth interviews with 20 of the 258. In addition, observations were conducted in over 40 parenting classes and in prison visiting hours to observe both the men’s experiences as fathers in prison and their experiences when they returned home. It is imperative that ways be found to mitigate the harm done to children, families, and communities by the incarceration of fathers. The data provide some important guidance with the knowledge of a heavy workload ahead. Policymakers, practitioners, academics, and voters are urged not to ignore juvenile fathers; they are too numerous and important a group to ignore.
Main Term(s): Children of incarcerated offenders
Index Term(s): California; Child welfare; Effects of juvenile imprisonment; Ex-offenders; Families of inmates; Family support; Inmates; Juvenile offenders; Juvenile parolees; Juvenile reintegration; Juveniles; Parole; Parole effectiveness; Parolees; Social reintegration
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