For each parent incarcerated, there’s at least one forgotten victim: a child.
While mom or dad is behind bars, the child’s sentence is to live with the absence of a parent, whether for days, years or a lifetime.
That void can have effects in ways both subtle and overt. That’s especially true for adolescents who have always looked to their parents as role models, but who now feel a sense of shame and social stigma that makes them question who they are.
These children face higher risks of committing crimes, and one day becoming inmates themselves.