Parental Criminal Justice Involvement

  • Sara WakefieldEmail author
  • Chase Montagnet


This chapter presents a review of the research on the experiences of families involved in the criminal justice system. We discuss parental incarceration and other forms of justice involvement through the lens of criminal justice system processing. We partition our essay into two stages: (1) an overview of the criminal justice system and its complexities, and (2) a description of criminal justice processing (i.e., arrest, charging and adjudication, and punishment) and the potential for effects on children, using policy interventions and reforms as salient examples. In so doing, we highlight the challenges families face prior to parental incarceration and shed light on the complexities of the criminal justice system that are often insufficiently appreciated in the research literature.


Criminal justice system Arrest Courts Sentencing Incarceration Reentry Children of incarcerated parents Family 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Criminal JusticeRutgers University-NewarkNewarkUSA

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