ERIC Number: ED198905
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Why Punish the Children? A Study of Children of Women Prisoners.
McGowan, Brenda G.; Blumenthal, Karen L.
An exploratory study of the experiences of prison inmate mothers and their children found that neither adequate support nor needed services for the children were provided by the state. Designed to obtain baseline data, the study initially consisted of a national mail survey of correctional adminstrators and a series of interviews with female inmates in a New York correctional facility. Supplementary data, including talks with children of current former prisoners, were gathered to systematize and round out the local and national data. Findings indicate that the families of imprisoned women are confronted with numerous severe and wide-ranging problems. Lack of both concern and appropriate services for this population were found at every point in the criminal justice process. Chapter One describes the process of imprisonment from arrest to release. Chapter Two describes the experiences of several children of women prisoners and discusses how children of different ages may be affected by such experiences. The statistical findings from the national and local studies are presented in Chapter Three. In the final chapter, factors contributing to the problems of the children are analyzed and recommendations are made. Census data, a list of respondents, supplementary data and a discussion of the study's methodology are appended. (Author/RH)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Census Figures, Childhood Needs, Children, Family Problems, Innovation, Institutional Environment, Institutional Role, Interviews, Mothers, National Surveys, Organizational Change, Parent Child Relationship, Prisoners, Social Responsibility, Social Services
National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Continental Plaza, 411 Hackensack Avenue, Hackensack, NJ 07601 ($6.50).
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Children's Defense Fund, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Hackensack, NJ.
Identifiers: Criminal Justice System