Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families (2015)
The findings detailed in this report show the many costs and barriers imposed on incarcerated individuals and their families, the emotional and health costs they experience, and how these costs impede the future success of both families and of communities at large. We’ve also demonstrated the tremendous burdens that women, in particular, experience as direct damage from mass incarceration. As many of these costs fall disproportionately on families and communities that are already struggling, they deepen poverty while dampening any hope of change.
Moving ahead, the families and communities proven to provide stability and security for incarcerated individuals and to help reduce rates of recidivism overall should be supported by reforming and reinvesting in policies that do better by families, removing barriers, and restoring opportunities. Read more here.