Sentenced at Birth: The Invisible Toll of Mass Incarceration on Childhood Development
As the United States’ carceral state has come under increased scrutiny amid skyrocketing incarceration rates, the children of incarcerated parents have remained in the shadows. They are collateral damage of a broken and racist system. In a new column published by the Hechinger Report, TMW Center co-director Dana Suskind explores the insidious ways in which parental incarceration affects those children—including its potential disruption of healthy early brain development.
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- Roughly half of the 2.3 million incarcerated Americans are parents. @TMWCenter’s @DrDanaSuskind offers an important look at what that means for millions of children, and calls for science-based reforms to the justice system.https://hechingerreport.org/opinion-sentenced-at-birth-the-invisible-toll-of-mass-incarceration-on-childhood-development/
- “We can no longer ignore the relationship between incarceration & child development,” writes @DrDanaSuskind in @hechingerreport. “On the contrary, we should look to the science of early childhood to inform much-needed reforms to our justice system.” https://hechingerreport.org/opinion-sentenced-at-birth-the-invisible-toll-of-mass-incarceration-on-childhood-development/