Notes from the Field: Should We Lock Up Parents of Young Children?

Source: MassINC

It was 8:00 pm, but people stayed.

It was 8:00 pm last Monday night, at the end of a long day hearing 20 bills in Massachusetts Legislature. But people stayed.

Human Impact Partners Testimony at the Massachusetts Joint Judiciary Committee on June 19, 2017

Good afternoon, Members of the joint judiciary committee,

  • Parental incarceration is classified as an Adverse Childhood Experience. There is a vast research base looking at toxic stress in childhood, and the lifelong physical and mental health problems that it causes.
  • Children of incarcerated parents are much more likely to have psychological problems such as depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
  • These children face a higher risk of disease and sexual victimization.

Here are some ways to get involved with Massachusetts-specific criminal justice reform efforts:



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