Report: 135K Kentucky kids have had parent in jail

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A new report has concluded that Kentucky has the highest percentage of children in the nation who have had a parent in jail.

Citing a report released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, The Courier-Journal ( ) reports that 13 percent of Kentucky children — 135,000 — reported in 2011-12 that they had a parent incarcerated at some point in their lives. That percentage is nearly double the national average of 7 percent.

Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Director Terry Brooks says parental incarceration exacts a devastating toll on families and society at large by creating an “unstable environment” for children, with the effects being long-lasting.

The report uses data from the 2011-12 National Survey of Children’s Health, the latest available.


Information from: The Courier-Journal,


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