Author(s) Info

Bailey PorterFollow

Date on LBA Capstone

Fall 12-12-2018

Document Type


Lead Mentor

Dr. Barbara Cobb, LBA Coordinator


Dr. Katy Hancock


Dr. Jared Rosenberger


Political Science and Sociology

Second Department

Political Science and Sociology


The United States maintains one of the highest incarceration rates in the entire world. The disturbing reality of these mass incarcerations is that they do not exclusively impact the offender, but the friends, family, and most importantly, the children of these incarcerated individuals. A startling number of children in the United States are separated from their biological parents through incarcerations. The effects of separation are rarely considered in legislation.

In the past few years, there has been a rise in programs designed to help maintain relationships between families and incarcerated individuals. One of the goals of these family programs is to increase the likelihood that the inmate will maintain a positive relationship with their children. Maintaining a relationship between incarcerated parent and child has proven to be beneficial for both parties. Family programs minimize the challenges associated with maintaining these child-parent relationships.

Additional Author Comments

This work is an analysis of the ways in which parent-child relationships could be beneficial while the parent is incarcerated.