March 16 2017

Washington Post – Mass incarceration of African Americans affects the racial achievement gap — report

Image #: 27253042 A guard tower is shown at Corcoran State Prison in Corcoran, California in this file photo from October 1, 2013. The prison contains areas known as Secure Housing Units (SHU) that house some of the most dangerous criminals in the state. California is modifying its practice of keeping prison inmates in near-solitary confinement for years on end, but the state's proposed reforms have drawn criticism from advocates and prompted a lawmaker on February 11, 2014 to push for faster change. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: CRIME LAW SOCIETY) REUTERS /ROBERT GALBRAITH /LANDOV

… Research in criminal justice, health, sociology, epidemiology, and economics demonstrates that when parents are incarcerated, children do worse across cognitive and noncognitive outcome measures — and the incarceration is a key cause. For example, children of incarcerated parents are more likely to drop out of school; develop learning disabilities; misbehave in school; suffer from migraines, asthma, high cholesterol, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and homelessness…

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