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Incarcerated African American men and their children, a case study

Author: Mendez, G. A. Jr.
Author Background:
Date 5/2000
Type Journal
Journal Title: The-Annals-of-the-American-Academy-of-Political-and-Social-Science
Volume/Pages 569, 86-101
Subject Matter African American, Males, Criminal Justice System
Abstract Many studies have been directed toward incarcerated women and their responsibilities in raising their children despite their incarceration. This same concern has not been forthcoming in the case of incarcerated men and parenting programs or other responsibility programs for them. Male responsibility programs have, for the most part, not included incarcerated men, a large and growing segment of the population. It has been suggested that incarcerated men have no interest in their children and that, in fact, they have been and continue to be bad fathers. This article reports on a study that was conducted by the National Trust for the Development of African-American Men to try to determine the attitudes of incarcerated men toward fatherhood while they are incarcerated. The study found that incarcerate d men were interested in improving their relationships with their children and families and that they would be willing to participate in a program that would help them do so. (Journal abstract.)