Prison and Parents
Most people in prison are parents-55 percent of men and 65 percent of women in state prison have children under 18. About half of incarcerated parents have open child support cases. Child support caseloads also include a significant number of parents with a history of incarceration. For example, a recent study by the University of Maryland found that nearly 16 percent of child support cases involve a noncustodial parent who has been incarcerated. In the child support cases, of those families who receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), 30 percent involve an incarcerated noncustodial parent.