The multiple impacts of TANF, ASFA, and mandatory drug sentencing for families affected by maternal incarceration

Carrie Jefferson Smith, Diane S. Young

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-552
Number of pages18
JournalChildren and Youth Services Review
Volume25
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science

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