A 2015 study from Child Trends showed that black children are nearly twice as likely as white children to have an incarcerated parent, which contributes to racial gaps in academic performance. Children with incarcerated parents have been shown to have higher rates of anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and behavioral issues. Since mental and behavioral health issues directly affect academic performance, leaders in a Chicago community raised funds to transport children with incarcerated moms to the women’s prison once a month for a visit. Many of the children then reported an improvement in symptoms. The report then makes a few suggestions for criminal-justice reform, in order to work towards a less biased system.
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