Fatherless Children Are Eight Times More Likely to Be Imprisoned
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The second column below is the type of families which prison inmates grew up in, the third column is the percent of family types ten to twenty years ago when they were growing up, and the fourth column is Percent in Prison divided by Percent of Households, or Relative Risk.
|Type of Household||Percent of Prison Population||Percent of All Households||Relative Risk|
|Joint Custody Households||12%||17||.71|
Fatherless Households include never married single mothers, divorced and not remarried single mothers, step-father households, and foster homes.
Children who grew up in fatherless households are 20 times more likely to be imprisoned than children who grew up in families, and 32 times more likely than children who grew up in Father-only households.
The seven-fold increase in fatherlessness caused a quintupling of the prison population rate in the last four decades. A reduction in the rate of fatherlessness would significantly reduce the incarceration rate. For example, assuming the relationship between the fatherlessness rate and the incarceration rate is a constant and that there are no other variables: