It’s one thing to have a high percentage of African American males in jail. The statistics become worse when it’s learned that their children have about a 70% of going to jail like their mothers and fathers before them if they don’t get help.
Those children of the damned who become damned themselves begin early with a cycle of pain that is told a number of places. This website http://childrenoftheincarcerated.blogspot.com/2005/08/statistics.html reveals how difficult it becomes for young people when parents are placed in prisons.
The individual is quoted on a blog as saying this:
My mom served a dime and a half for murder. 7 in 10 children that have a parent in prison nowadays ends up in prison too. Do others feel like I did when they were children? Can we do anything to stop this cycle? Did you spend time in prison? What could have been done to prevent it? This is a place to discuss these issues. There’s got to be a way we can help ourselves. The blog post was written in 2005, but its concerns remain contemporary, given the problems that continue.
The negative impact on children whose parents are in prison is significant, according to those who work with these issues. http://www.theyworkforyou.com/whall/?id=2008-11-12a.290.0 Children are at risk for mental health problems, are often bullied at school, and suffer from the stigma of having a parent in jail. So are there people involved in helping these children so they don’t end up being in a rotating cycle where they end up in trouble like the adults in their lives?
2008 statistics revealed that 2 million children have at least one parent incarcerated. That’s one reason that a program was put together during the Bush Administration to do something about it. The Mentoring of Prisoners Program was put together under the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The program provides grants to community organizations as well as those that are faith-based, in addition to tribes and local government groups, to provide for adult mentors for children and youth with incarcerated parents.This allows for places such as the Center for Children of Incarcerated Parents to provide outreach to children at risk. It offers a number of services to educate, support, encourage and counsel these children. These programs ask for community support and volunteers. That would seem important given the statistics about what happens to children of the damned who don’t get help to keep them from becoming damned themselves.