people will be incarcerated at one point in their life.
of current inmates in the state of Florida will one day be released.
The FDC is the third largest state prison system in the country with a budget of $2.7 billion. Florida ranks near the bottom of education funding, coming in at Number 41 with a budget of $10,098 per student, while spending $24,265 on average per year to house a Florida inmate in prison
quick facts one
Every year a married partner is incarcerated their likelihood of divorce increases by 32%
quick facts two
Children of incarcerated parents are 5 times more likely to go to prison.
quick facts three
At least 60,000 children become homeless each year as a result of parental incarceration.
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The risk of homelessness increases for people with multiple convictions. The Prison Policy Initiative found that people who have been incarcerated more than once are 13 times more likely than the general public to experience homelessness, whereas people who have been incarcerated once are 7 times more likely.
Although these convictions often involve low-level offenses, like loitering or trespassing, research shows that people with misdemeanor convictions can face a multitude of cascading collateral consequences, including a lifetime of lower wages. A conviction makes it harder to find a job or obtain a professional license, and often leads to work that is temporary, part-time, and low-paying. (Quote taken from Forbes)
These fines are most detrimental to lower income families or people already experiencing poverty. "One study in Alabama found that more than 80 percent of people gave up things like food, rent, medical bills, car payments, and child support to pay down their court debt. People who can’t pay fines and fees face driver’s license suspensions and jail time for their inability to pay." -Forbes
These punishments often make it impossible to work to pay off the fines. Creating a paradox of people who want to work but can't and are plummeted further into financial crisis.
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Approximately how million children have experienced parental incarceration at some point in their lives?
2.7 million children in the US have an incarcerated parent