Michigan third highest for incarcerated parents in U.S.

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) – Data released shows there are 200,000 children in Michigan who had a parent incarcerated from 2011 to 2012.

That number means Michigan ties with six other states for the third highest incarceration rate for parents.

The data was released by the Annie E. Casey foundation and the Michigan League for Public Policy.

The report does not go into the impact on the lives of those children but a MLPP spokesman says having just one parent at home and paying the bills takes an economic and emotional toll on the kids.

The report includes policy recommendations for judges, community groups and elected officials to address the problems of increased poverty and stress those kids experience.

Only Kentucky and Indiana have higher parent incarceration rates than Michigan.

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