Over 1.7 million minor children have a parent in prison, according to a 2008 estimate by the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics.
The overwhelming majority of those parents are dads. BJS data showed 744,200 fathers and 65,600 mothers in prison at midyear 2007.
Think about it for a minute, on this eve of Father's Day. We live in a country where three quarters of a million dads are separated from their families by incarceration.
What does this do to the social outcomes of the children? And to the souls of the parents behind bars?