According to the Bureau of Justice’s special report on “Parents in Prison and Their Minor Children”, the United States’ prisons held approximately 744,200 fathers around midyear 2007. Fathers in prison have also been reported having 1,559,200 children’ (U.S. Department of Justice, 2010). 1,559,200 children have fathers in prison and not at home during important years of child development. This Independent Study explores the effects of paternal incarceration on the family through the personal experiences of the family members involved. From previous literature and using sociological theories, a scholarly conversation is created about the social, financial, and emotional implications on the family that are linked to the outcomes of paternal incarceration. My qualitative research study considers the respective experiences of the family members and examines the effects and challenges imposed on the family because of the ever growing social issue of paternal incarceration.


Nurse, Anne


Sociology and Anthropology


Criminology | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sociology

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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