Newswise — A national study on incarcerated parents in prison found that 62 percent of incarcerated women had at least one child under the age of 18. Among the family issues related to women prisoners are maintaining contact with their children, alternative care for their children and support of the mother’s role during incarceration. Patricia O’Brien, UIC associate professor of social work, can comment on the negative effect that the removal of women through incarceration has on families.

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