Here’s How Much It Costs To Have A Family Member In Prison

A report released on Tuesday from Forward Together, the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Research Action Design, the result of a yearlong survey of 712 formerly incarcerated people and 368 of their family members across 14 states, finds that the costs of incarceration extend far beyond an individual. “Families pay both the apparent and hidden costs while their loved ones serve out sentences in our jails and prisons,” the report notes. “Alongside physical separation, the financial impacts of incarceration place tremendous strain on families.”