Spotlight on Mass Incarceration, Police Contact, and School Discipline

Friday, Jan 22, 2021

A core strength of the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing study is its significant representation of Black and Latinx families. Many researchers have used these data to study the impacts of mass incarceration, police contact, and school discipline, which disproportionately affect communities of color.

Over the past months, we have highlighted a publication each week from our archive that contributes to the national conversation on the American criminal justice system. Below is a list of the past topics and papers we have featured. 

 

Past Featured Topics and Papers: 

 THE CHILLING EFFECTS OF INCARCERATION ON POLITICAL PARTICIPATION

Sugie, Naomi. R. (2015). Chilling Effects: Diminished Political Participation among Romantic Partners of Formerly Incarcerated Men.   Social Problems. 62 (4): 550-571.

 

SCHOOL DISCIPLINE AND SCHOOLS AS SURVEILLANCE INSTITUTIONS

Owens, Jayanti and McLanahan, Sara. (2020) Unpacking the Drivers of Racial Disparities in School Suspension and Expulsion.  Social Forces. 98(4): 1548-1577

Haskins, Anna and Jacobsen, Wade. (2017). Schools as Surveilling Institutions? Paternal Incarceration, System Avoidance, and Parental Involvement in Schooling.   American Sociological Review. 82 (4): 657 - 684.

 

 EVICTION AND MOTHERS’ CRIMINAL JUSTICE INVOLVEMENT

Gottlieb, Aaron and Moose, Jessica W. (2018). The Effect of Eviction on Maternal Criminal Justice Involvement.   Socius. 4 (1): 1-12.

 

INCARCERATION AND URBAN FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

Turney, Kristin. (2015). Liminal Men: Incarceration and Relationship Dissolution.   Social Problems. 62 (4): 499-528.

Williams, Deadric and Perry, Armon. (2019). More than Just Incarceration: Law Enforcement Contact and Black Fathers' Familial Relationships.   Issues in Race & Society. 8 (1): 85-118.

Swisher, Raymond and Waller, Maureen. (2008). Confining Fatherhood: Incarceration and Paternal Involvement Among Nonresident White, African American and Latino Fathers Journal of Family Issues. 29(8): 1067-1088.

 

HOW DOES DAD’S INCARCERATION AFFECT MOM’S MENTAL HEALTH AND PARENTING?

Turney, Kristin and Wildeman, Christopher. (2013). Redefining Relationships: Explaining the Countervailing Consequences of Paternal Incarceration for Parenting.   American Sociological Review. 78 (6): 949-979.

Wildeman, Christopher, Schnittker, Jason and Turney, Kristin. (2012). Despair by Association? The Mental Health of Mothers with Children by Recently Incarcerated Fathers.   American Sociological Review. 77 (2): 216-243.

 

HOW DOES INCARCERATION AFFECT DADS' MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING?

Curtis, Marah. (2011). The Effect of Incarceration on Urban Fathers’ Health.   American Journal of Men’s Health.5 (4): 341-350.

Lewis, Charles, Garfinkel, Irwin and Gao, Qin. (2007).  Incarceration and Unwed Fathers in Fragile Families.  Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare. 34 (3): 77-94.

 

HOW ARE CHILDREN’S COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES IMPACTED BY INCARCERATION?

Haskins, Anna. (2016). Beyond Boys’ Bad Behavior: Paternal Incarceration and Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood.   Social Forces. 95 (2): 861–892.

McLeod, Branden, Johnson, Jr., Waldo, Cryer-Coupet, Qiana and Mincy, Ronald. (2019). Examining the longitudinal effects of paternal incarceration and coparenting relationships on sons' educational outcomes: A mediation analysis.   Children and Youth Services Review. 100 (1): 362-375.

Turney, Kristin and Haskins, Anna. (2014). Falling Behind? Children’s Early Grade Retention after Paternal Incarceration. Sociology of Education. 87 (4): 241-258.

 

WHAT IMPACT DOES PARENTAL INCARCERATION HAVE ON CHILDREN’S WELLBEING?

Geller, Amanda, Garfinkel, Irwin, Cooper, Carey and Mincy, Ronald.* (2009) Parental Incarceration and Child Wellbeing: Implications for Urban Families.   Social Science Quarterly. 90 (5): 1186-1202.

Wildeman, Christopher. (2009). Parental Imprisonment, the Prison Boom, and the Concentration of Childhood Disadvantage.   Demography. 46 (2): 265-280.

Turney, Kristin and Goldberg, Rachel. (2019). Paternal Incarceration and Early Sexual Onset Among Adolescents.   Population Research and Policy Review. 38 (1): 95-123.

 

Visit our publications archive to read more from these authors and others on this topic.