Michigan ranks high among states with parents in prison

LANSING, Mich. (AP) – A foundation is highlighting the number of Michigan children who had a parent behind bars at some point in their lives.

A report using survey data from 2011 and 2012 says 10 percent of Michigan children had a parent in custody. The Annie E. Casey Foundation says that’s more than 200,000 children.

The report released Monday says Michigan and five other states were tied for the third-highest percentage of kids. Only two states had a higher percentage: Kentucky and Indiana.

The Michigan League for Public Policy distributed the report in Michigan and says families of the incarcerated need more government help. The advocacy group says locking up parents can hurt kids.

The Baltimore-based Casey Foundation based its report on a federally funded survey of parents or guardians.

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