HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) – A new report highlights how many dependents in our state are currently impacted by a loved one who is behind bars.
According to the Connecticut Association for Human Services, as of April 1, 54 percent of those currently incarcerated in Connecticut report being a caregiver, leaving 17,929 dependents with a loved one behind bars.
More than 75 percent of those youth are from single parent families.
According to the CAHS, an additional 5,385 dependents have a caregiver in a Department of Correction supervised community program, like parole or house arrest.
Having a parent in jail or prison can be traumatic and result in long-term negative outcomes, according to the CAHS, which said those children are more likely to suffer a range of emotional, physical and behavioral issues.