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NCJ Number: 166619 Find in a Library
Title: Children Left Behind
Corporate Author: Osborne Assoc
New York Initiative for Children of
United States of America
Project Director: B Grant
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: Osborne Assoc
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Sale Source: Osborne Assoc
New York Initiative for Children of
175 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This videotape focuses on the experiences and needs of children of inmates and urges corrections decisionmakers to establish policies that support families and avoid making these children hidden victims of criminal justice policies.
Abstract: The film presents the perspectives of the children of inmates, correctional personnel, mental health professionals, and representatives of advocacy and service organizations. They note that several million children have a father or mother in jail or prison. Research has demonstrated a strong relationship between parental incarceration and a child's future delinquency, as well as depression, learning problems, and poverty. Children of offenders feel anxiety and guilt. Their peers often stigmatize the children of inmates and are forbidden by their parents to play with them. The children of inmates may decide to lie about where the parent is and what the parent is doing. Many of these children have to change schools or go to foster care. Long distances from the correctional institution may also prevent contact with inmate parents. The Osborne Association hosted a conference on the issue. It also sponsored a program called Family Works. The program aims to maintain communication and contact between inmates and their children and to teach parenting skills to inmates. It thereby reduces children's trauma and enhances parenting from prison.
Main Term(s): Corrections management
Index Term(s): Children of incarcerated offenders; Correctional reform; Families of inmates; Inmate social programs; Inmate visits; Juvenile victims; Parent education
Note: VHS video cassette, color, 11 minutes
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