- Published: November 23, 2020, 2:39 pm
In a report by the Center for American Progress, more than 2.3 million people are incarcerated in the United States. Research shows that imprisonment devastates communities and families, causing psychological and developmental effects that touches 2.7 million children under 18 who have at least one parent in prison. The devastation is revealed in the form of delinquency, poor school participation, family and economic troubles, and stress and trauma induced mental illness. The high number of incarcerated people is also causing the U.S. economy to lose an estimated $60 billion per year from loss of labor.