JACKSON, Miss.- There are 55,000 children in Mississippi that are effected by a parent or guardian being incarcerated.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation proposed recommendations for Mississippi and local lawmakers to help change this number for our state and nationwide.
The National Kids Count conducted a poll to determine the effects of parents incarcerated on kids, families, and the community. The results showed a struggle with emotional and financial stability as well as an unhealthy well-being due to abuse or domestic violence.
Linda Southward, Director of the Mississippi Kid Count says that kids in early developmental stages can be subject to these effects even more than other children.
She says having a parent behind bars can lead to seclusion from their peers and an inability to connect with their community. Eight states across the U.S. are in the double-digit percentage of children who have a parent behind bars.
Mississippi is at 7 percent.
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