200,000 Michigan kids had parent in prison

Posted at 2:18 AM, Apr 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-25 06:46:22-04

A new report says more than 200,000 Michigan kids had a parent incarcerated from 2011-12.

The report released Monday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation says that ties Michigan with six other states for the third highest parent incarceration rate. Only two states have higher rates: Kentucky and Indiana.

Alex Rossman is a spokesman for the Michigan League for Public Policy, which helped distribute the report in Michigan. He says they don't have data that shows what happens to the children whose parents were imprisoned.

Rossman says it leaves many children with only one parent paying the bills and adds that takes an economic and emotional toll.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation is a Baltimore-based private philanthropy group.