Date on Senior Honors Thesis


Document Type

Senior Honors Thesis

Degree Name



Criminal Justice

Degree Program

College of Arts and Sciences

Author's Keywords

Children; Incarcerated parents


There have been many controversies within the United States regarding the criminal justice system. One of the most common notions is the lack of support we give to the victims of crime. Generally, we associate the term “victim” with individuals who are directly harmed by the crime; however, we rarely consider the families of incarcerated offenders as victims (Light and Campbell 306). According to the U.S. Department of Justice, over fifty percent of state and federal inmates have at least one child under eighteen years of age (Glaze and Maruschak 1). This paper will focus on the effects incarceration can have on the families of the incarcerated individual, specifically the children. The effects of parental incarceration will be examined along with the effectiveness of existing strategies and programs designed to reduce the effects of parental incarceration. Lastly, a proposed pilot program, based on existing literature on this topic, will be examined as a means to minimize the consequences of parental incarceration on children.