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Relationship Between Re-Incarceration and Their Own Childhood Foster Care Experience of Women

NCJ Number
Children and Youth Services Review Volume: 62 Dated: March 2016 Pages: 40-48
Date Published
March 2016
9 pages
Using matched State administrative records of women in the Illinois State prison system, this study examined whether incarcerated women with foster care experience during their early (aged 10 to 14) and late (aged 15 to 18) teens did better or worse in re-incarceration rates compared to female counterparts who went to prison but had no foster care experience.
The study found that women with the early-teen foster care experience had higher rates of re-incarceration than women without foster care, regardless of whether they were reunited with their parents. The adverse association between the first foster care placement during early-teens and re-incarceration was particularly stronger among former female inmates with low education or history of drug addiction than others. The study concluded that incarcerated women with foster care experiences, especially in their early teens, need more attention and extra support from the appropriate institutions upon their release. In addition, it seems that foster care can work as a strong signal of possible re-incarceration among women with low education and history of drug addiction. (Publisher abstract modified)

Date Published: March 1, 2016