In 2000, 23% of incarcerated fathers were in prison for a first-time offense (Mumola, 2000). Nonviolent offenders, particularly drug offenders, make up an increasing proportion of the U.S. correctional population and are heavily represented among incarcerated parents (Western & Beckett, 1999; Mumola, 2000). Exhibit 2-3 shows the types of offenses committed by fathers in prison.
Exhibit 2-3. Types of Offenses Committed by Fathers in Prison
Source: Glaze & Maruschak. (2008). Parents in prison and their minor children.
Bureau of Justice Statistics Special Report. Washington, DC: Bureau of Justice Statistics.