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For children with parents in prison, Father's Day can be a difficult holiday. Studies have consistently found that justice impacted individuals who maintain close contact with their family members while incarcerated have better post-release outcomes and lower recidivism rates. Returning prisoners who have a supportive family they are more likely to find a housing and a job, less likely to use drugs, and less likely to be involved in criminal activities. However, for many of the incarcerated, finances, distance, lack of programs and many other set-backs prevent many from spending time with their fathers on holidays, such as Father's Day.
Children of the incarcerated are impacted significantly from the inability to celebrate or acknowledge their dad's at this time. Below, some of our partners and friends share how the effect of incarceration has affected them and what impact holidays such as Father's Day have had on them.