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State ranked 1st in count of kids of jailed parents

Research finds 16% affected

By John Moritz

This article was published November 23, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

A map showing children of incarcerated parents


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Arkansas surpasses all other states in the percentage of its children who have had a parent or guardian locked up, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.


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titleist10 says... November 23, 2017 at 4:16 a.m.

Wonder what the percentage of blacks vs whites were?

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RBear says... November 23, 2017 at 4:39 a.m.

titleist, what racial point are you trying to make? Regardless of race, the number is troubling.

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titleist10 says... November 23, 2017 at 10:40 a.m.

No racist remark numbers would show where the prob is seems as though more black crimes reported on this site than white crime-so the site is racially slanted or blacks commit more crimes than whites could be breakdown of black family unit

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gohogs17 says... November 23, 2017 at 11:53 a.m.

What a dubious "honor"!

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cwbird says... November 23, 2017 at 12:45 p.m.

Thanks for the article. It highlights the most important and most difficult issue related to people being put in jail: What happens to their children? This is something that becomes the responsibility of the courts and it is a most difficult responsibility to fulfill, much more difficult to fulfill than the responsibility to deal justly with their parents. The criminal justice system has laws and rules that govern what must be done with the parents, but not so much for the children. And judges are often at a loss as to what to do.

40 years ago, however, a Seattle judge, seeing that he was not getting the advice that he needed to determine what should be done with the children that became subject to his court through no fault of their own, founded C.A.S.A. (Court Appointed Special Advocates).Sadly, I saw no mention in this article of CASA. Here is the statement from their web site:

"Nearly 700,000 children experience abuse or neglect each year. Instead of playing with neighbors and making happy family memories, they’re attending court hearings, adjusting to new foster homes and transitioning to new schools. That’s a heavy burden for a child to carry. With a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) or guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteer dedicated to their case, America’s most vulnerable children will have someone speaking up for their best interests. With your support, more children will have the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home."

According to CASA's web site there are 20 CASA chapters in Arkansas, so, even though there are a huge number of children to be helped in Arkansas, it does seem that a lot of them are being helped. You can find the CASA web site on the internet rather readily (I would give the link here, but am not allowed to by ADG's comment system.). From there you can contact local CASA chapters, also.

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RBear says... November 23, 2017 at 3:13 p.m.

Ah titleist, I see where you're going. Yes, white privilege would reduce the number of couples arrested and incarcerated by white people.

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NoUserName says... November 23, 2017 at 4:37 p.m.

Give me a f'n break, Bear.

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ARMNAR says... November 23, 2017 at 7:31 p.m.

Titleist, aren't you late for the Klan rally? Are you ever NOT a racist d-bag?

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titleist10 says... November 24, 2017 at 8:47 a.m.

Check the numbers and get back to me numbers don't lie face the facts

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