All Under The World : Children Of The Incarcerated

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In reading and dissecting Nell Bernstein’s All alone in the world: Children of the incarcerated, many social issues and issues within current policies involving the incarcerated population were discussed. It is no secret that for some time now, the United States’ criminal justice system has been majorly flawed in more ways than one. Bernstein focuses and creates conversation around several difficulties that children of the incarcerated population experience. The central social problem presented in Bernstein’s novel is that children are being separated from their parents at crucial developmental stages in their lives. Many of the children experienced their parent(s) being incarcerated at very young ages; ages where having a parent to interact with on a daily basis is imperative, not only for developmental growth, but for emotional and social aspects as well. At these young ages, children are unable to understand and process what exactly is occurring and more importantly why their parents are being taken away from them. When these children’s parents are ripped out of their lives instantaneously without explanation or adequate care, it creates negative effects and occurrences that often go unresolved. Often times these children feel like they are the ones to blame, when in fact it has nothing to do with them at all. There were several instances of victims explaining that they are basically stereotyped as a result of their parent(s) becoming incarcerated—by police,
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