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Collateral Costs: Incarceration’s Effect on Economic Mobility

  • Organization: The Pew Center on the States
  • Document Type: Report
  • Date Created: Tuesday, October 19, 2010
  • Submitted: Tuesday, October 19, 2010
  • Attachment(s): LINK

This report Pew's Economic Policy Group and the Pew Center on the States examines the impact of incarceration on the economic opportunity and mobility of former inmates and their families. In addition, Collateral Costs examines the prison population by race/ethnicity and educational levels. It finds that incarceration reduces former inmates' earnings by 40 percent and limits their future economic mobility and that one in every 28 children in America has a parent behind bars, up from one in 125 just 25 years ago.

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