Removing Barriers to Opportunity for Parents With Criminal Records and Their Children: A Two-Generation Approach.

Year Published
Author (Individual)
Vallas, Rebecca.
Boteach, Melissa.
West, Rachel.
Odum, Jackie.
Author (Organization)
Center for American Progress
This report explores the intergenerational effects of criminal records through five pillars of family well-being. The five pillars include: the impact of criminal records on income and the major obstacles parents with criminal records face in securing employment and receiving public assistance; the impact of mounting criminal justice debts and unaffordable child support arrears on families’ ability to save for the future; the impact on education, including the barriers parents with criminal records face to education and training opportunities that would increase their chances of findings well-paying jobs and better equip them to support their families; the impact on public as well as private housing that make family reunification difficult if not impossible; and financial and emotional stressors that often pose challenges to parents with criminal records in maintaining healthy relationships and family stability. The case is made for a two-generation approach to addressing barriers to opportunities associated with having a criminal record. The two-generation approach seeks to combat intergenerational poverty by boosting education, health and well-being, economic supports, and social capital for parents and their children. Policy recommendations are then offered to assist both parents with criminal records and their children. 132 references.

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