Over 2.7 million children, nearly 2% of the U.S. child population, have a parent in prison.

The recidivism rate is Georgia looms around 30-50%. Two out of every three Latino and African American offenders released from prison are rearrested within three years. More than 4 in 10 offenders return to prison within three years of their release.



What happens in prison affects people on the outside too.

Crime is more prevalent for offenders who have spent years behind bars with no rehabilitation or opportunities. Two out of every three offenders released from prison are rearrested within three years (Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2002). More than 4 in 10 offenders return to prison within three years of their release (Pew Center on the States, 2011). It would be ideal to release inmates who have a positive effect on the community instead of an overly negative one.

The biggest long-term effect of having an imprisoned parent is generational incarceration.

Incarceration is not a single or discrete event but a dynamic process that unfolds over time. To understand the impact of the incarceration process on children it is necessary to consider separately the short-term effects of the arrest and separation of the child from the parent impact of the unavailability of the parent to the child during the period of incarceration, and the effects both positive and negative of reunion after the incarceration period.

It's your money.

The Vera Institute of Justice released a study in 2012 that found the aggregate cost of prisons in 2010 in the 40 states that participated was $39 billion. The annual average taxpayer cost in these states was $31,286 per inmate. 

Prisons can be bad for public health.

The penal system remains a source of diseases that spread among prisoners at rates far exceeding those in the communities from which they came. Of more than 10 million incarcerated people in the U.S. alone, 4 percent have HIV, 15 percent have hepatitis C, and 3 percent have active tuberculosis. These diseases are part of our criminal justice system, then, metered out and sanctioned implicitly by the state. 

This is our story

Bridging The Gap exists because we care about the future of our community. Black and Latino men makeup 48% of the population in the US but makeup 64% of the prison and jail population.

That leaves over 2.1 million children in a situation they never asked to be a part of.


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One in 28 American children lives with the shame of a parent's incarceration; that's one boy or girl in every classroom. But together with Bridging The Gap, you can help these children feel loved and valued-unlocking their potential for a brighter future.