Author ORCID Identifier
Armstrong - https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6003-0031
Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency
Objectives:This note examines the relationship between maternal incarceration and adverse outcomes for offspring in early adulthood.
Methods:Utilizing data derived from the National Longitudinal Survey of Adolescent Health, a series of multivariate models are conducted to examine the impact maternal incarceration has on criminal justice involvement among young adults. To control for selection effects that may be associated with maternal imprisonment, propensity score matching is utilized.
Results:Respondents whose mothers had served time in prison were significantly more likely to have an adult arrest, conviction, and incarceration, even after controlling for important demographic factors and correlates of criminal behavior. This effect persisted following matching.
Conclusions:Maternal incarceration had a substantial effect on the offspring’s adult involvement in the criminal justice system. These findings bolster contentions regarding the unintended consequences of maternal incarceration that include long-term collateral damage to their children.
Muftic, L.R., Bouffard, L.A., & Armstrong, G.S. (2015). Impact of maternal incarceration on the criminal justice involvement of adult offspring: A research note. Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency, 53(1), 93-111. https://doi.org/10.1177/0022427815593988