Parental Incarceration and Intergenerational Social Exclusion: “The Long Arm of the Law”
Authors: John Hagan, Holly Foster
This study is designed to better understand the difference that parental incarceration makes in the life of an adolescent. American incarceration is four times larger than in the 1970s, six to ten times greater than in European and Scandinavian countries, and the majority of Americans who are imprisoned are parents. Working with data collected from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, which includes information from over 2000 sons and daughters of fathers who have spent time in jail or prison during the peak growth years of incarceration in this country, the project will trace the impact of this parental imprisonment on their sons and daughters from mid-adolescence to early adulthood. A challenge of this project is to deepen and broaden understanding of intergenerational consequences of incarcerating parents.