Incarceration of Parents
In their early stages of development, children require the care, love, and support of their
parents to develop well both mentally and physically (Ford). A rarely addressed issue is the
challenges that children whose one or both parents are incarcerated face in their development. It
is estimated that about 2.7 million children in the United States have a parent in prison (Ford).
Stevenson addresses the challenges that such children face, effects of incarceration of parents on
children, and how to ease the suffering of the children. Laub and Haskins wrote an article that
addresses the impact of the imprisonment of parents on children and offers some suggestions on
how to deal with the phenomenon. Reckdhal authored a similar article. Reckdhal’s article
addresses the effects of imprisonment of parents on children in great depth but offers few
suggestions on how to solve the problem while Laub and Haskins’s articles lay more emphasis
on the interventions that can help improve the lives of such children.
Effects of Incarceration on Children
Most of the challenges listed by Laub and Haskins are similar to those discussed in depth
by Reckdhal. One problem that children on incarcerated parents face is poor academic
performance (Laub and Haskins 2). Reckdhal observes that poor academic performance of such
children results from other challenges that they face due to their condition (Reckdhal 13). The
incarceration of parents also ...