The number of children left behind when mothers are incarcerated continues to grow. Relatives are pressed into service to provide for the permanency, safety, and wellbeing of children. This paper analyzed the impact of mandatory sentencing policies for nonviolent drug offenses, the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997, and Temporary Assistance to Needy Families welfare reform legislation of 1996 on women and their families. The combined implication of these policies for families are explored and poicy recommendations emphasizing social justice are offered.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental and Educational Psychology
- Sociology and Political Science