LOST FAMILIES

  • LOST FREEDOM
    LOST FREEDOM
    Over two million people are incarcerated in the United States, many for drug crimes, with thousands serving life sentences with no possibility of parole...
  • LOST LIVES
    LOST LIVES
    Thousands of people are seriously injured, maimed, or killed as a result of the Drug War every year...
  • LOST PROPERTY
    LOST PROPERTY
    Thousands of people lose their homes, cars or other property as a result of the War on Drugs every year..
  • LOST JOBS
    LOST JOBS
    Thousands of people lose their jobs or must abandon careers because of the Drug War every year...
  • LOST FAMILIES
    LOST FAMILIES
    The "collateral" suffering of friends, partners, spouses, mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons...
  • LOST EDUCATIONS
    LOST EDUCATIONS
    200,000 students in the United States have lost the ability to get educational assistance because of the Drug War...
  • DRUG WAR WARRIORS
    DRUG WAR WARRIORS
    People and organizations fighting to end the Drug War

Beyond the targeted casualties of the Drug War are the stories of the millions of others whose relationships are torn apart, and the “collateral” suffering of friends, partners, spouses, mothers, fathers, daughters, and sons.

Over half of incarcerated people have minor children, amounting to approximately 120,000 mothers and 1.1 million fathers.  Approximately 60 percent of incarcerated women have minor children.  Most are imprisoned for non-violent offenses, including many for drug crimes.

Approximately 2.7 million children are currently living with one or both parents incarcerated.  Over 11 percent of black children, almost 4 percent of Hispanic children, and nearly 2 percent of white children have at least one parent imprisoned.  Almost seven percent of children had a parent who was incarcerated at some point following their birth, or more than five million children as of 2011-12.

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Joe Jackson Family

 

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Beth Curtis and John Knock

Sources and Links:

Parents in Prison and their Minor Children – Glaze and Maruschak (2010)

Collateral Costs- Incarceration and Upward Mobility – Pew Charitable Trusts (2010)

Parents Behind Bars – Murphey and Cooper (2015)