Brief Toolkit for Developing Family Impact Statements: Children of Incarcerated Parents Project
Lindsey Cramer, Bryce Peterson, Emma Kurs, Jocelyn Fontaine
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As detailed in this toolkit, family impact statements add opportunities throughout the justice process for decisionmakers to weigh the effect of incarceration or supervision on parents and their families. A family impact statement is a set of questions incorporated into presentence investigation reports to solicit information regarding the defendant’s children and family members, as well as his or her roles in and responsibilities to the family. The family impact statements help judges and probation officers develop tailored approaches to sentencing or to supervising parents so all are aware of the effects that parental justice involvement can have on children.
Research Areas Crime, justice, and safety Families Children and youth Child welfare
Tags Victims of crime Corrections Courts and sentencing Child care Children's health and development Child welfare Policing and community safety Family violence Parenting Kids in context Mass incarceration
Policy Centers Justice Policy Center