Children with Parents in Jail are Likely to Experience Academic Performance

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Source: The Atlantic

A new study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute found that incarceration of a child’s parents negatively impacts a child’s academic performance and health.

Children with a parent in jail or prison are more likely to drop out of school, have lower grades, suffer from anxiety or depression, develop behavioral issues, or suffer from economic instability.

Moreover, black children are twice as likely to have a parent in jail, compared to white children, and therefore are more likely to suffer academic and health issues.

At least one in seven black children have a parent in jail by the age of 12, according to the study. Previous studies and federal data also indicate that black and Hispanic people are incarcerated at disproportionately high rates.

Read full story at: The Atlantic

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