Community Says Children of Prisoners Also Punished

WASHINGTON — Yasmine Arrington grew up like most of the other children in her neighborhood, but one part of her life that she kept mostly locked away, one that she says caused her lots of pain, embarrassment and financial struggles.

For most of her life, her father was locked away in a Georgia prison while she lived in Washington.  And later, because he was in prison, she and her brothers ended up being raised by their grandmother instead of their mother or father.

Arrington is a part of a growing demographic, children whose parents are behind bars.  Approximately 2.7 million children in the United States have a parent who is incarcerated, according to experts.

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