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"It is no secret that the United States has a mass incarceration problem. While the U.S. represents 4.4 percent of the world’s population, it houses 22 percent of the world’s prisoners. In 2014 a Rutgers University study reported that more than 2.7 million, or 1 in 28, children in the U.S. have an incarcerated parent. Of these kids, Black children are the most affected, as 11.4% (1 in 9) have a parent in prison, in comparison to white children at 1.8% (1 in 57). Further, a Central Connecticut State University study published in 2015 found that children with incarcerated parents are three times more likely than those without incarcerated parents to be arrested, convicted, or incarcerated in the justice system themselves."

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