This fabulous infographic comes from the Pew Center on the States. Studies show that most people in prison have experienced childhood maltreatment (National Institute of Justice, University of Alaska Justice Forum, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority). Nearly all women in prison have experienced childhood trauma. The CDC’s Adverse Childhood Experience Study (ACE Study) shows that having a family member in jail can traumatize a child.
This is one more reason why it’s critical to prevent
childhood maltreatment by providing services to families to help them do everything they can to raise happy, healthy children. And to prevent people from going back to prison (note the 1 in 2.3 figure at the bottom of the graphic), it’s probably a good idea to avoid further traumatizing already traumatized people, and to help them heal and build resilience skills so that they can live free.
Tomorrow: More about state programs that are doing so, and resources for those who want to.