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Moms in Prison: The Impact of Maternal Incarceration on Women and Children by KATY STACK

This article examines the impact of maternal incarceration on women and children in a case-study format. The author’s former clients provide insight into their experiences while incarcerated in federal prison, their re- entry into society upon their release, and the impact of their incarceration on their children. Their children then provide their perspective on visiting their mothers in prison and how their mother’s incarceration impacted their lives. Statistics are discussed regarding the impacts of maternal incarceration in the United States and Canada. Finally, suggestions are provided for ways to lessen the impact of maternal incarceration on children and more effectively support drug-addicted parents.


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