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Adolescent and Adult Lives of Children of Parents Returning From Prison

Author: John Hagan

What is the impact of a parent returning from prison on their child?

This project collects data on the historic return of parents from prison and its impact on the lives of their children. The children of parents returning from prison continue to confront risks of systemic exclusion resulting from the "marking" of their parents, with exclusion taking multiple forms: for example, legal (justice system contact), residential (homelessness); social (isolation); political (disenfranchisement); and health (depressive symptoms). The project is especially concerned with education as a focal mediator of systemic exclusion. We seek to explain variation in specific and combined outcomes that culminate in compounding disadvantages involving three theoretical elements: (1) selection and self-control; (2) state governmental regimes and stigmatization, and (3) socialization and strain. The challenge is to expand our understanding of the intergenerational consequences of incarceration and reentry to society.

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