Please Support Children of Incarcerated Parents, Tues. 2/17 – SB 433

PLEASE SUPPORT CHILDREN WITH INCARCERATED PARENTS!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

ACTION ALERTCOMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY, INTERGOVERNMENTAL & MILITARY AFFAIRS
Sen. Will Espero, Chair
Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Vice Chair
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
1:05 p.m.
Room 229

SUPPORT for SB 433 – Children of Incarcerated Parents

To SUPPORT, sign in to capitol.hawaii.gov and go to:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/submittestimony.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=433

SB433 (OHA PACKAGE; CORRECTIONS; INCARCERATED PARENTS; DATA COLLECTION)                                     PSM

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/session2015/bills/SB433_.pdf

RELATING TO INCARCERATED PARENTS.
Requires PSD intake service centers to coordinate the collection of data regarding incarcerated parents.

CAP POSITION: SUPPORT (CAP Testimony here.)

This bill adds this language to the duties of the Intake Services Center : (9)  Collect or coordinate the collection of data on the number of incarcerated parents, the number of minor children with incarcerated parents, and other information about children with incarcerated parents that the department deems useful to facilitate the provision of services to incarcerated parents and their children.

Right now there are only estimates on how many keiki in Hawai`i have incarcerated parents. The “guesstimate” is 6,000, but no one knows for sure. A 2009 study by Lengyel and Brown concluded:

Finding:
Families, grandparents, and relatives bear the greatest share of costs imposed by the incarceration of a parent. They seldom have adequate resources to fulfill the role they play in the lives of the parent and the parent’s children.

Recommendations:
Initiate supports for partners, grandparents, and relative caregivers of children with parents in prison, including respite care, housing assistance, parenting support, and material support.

Finding:
Hawai’i lacks accurate knowledge of its parent-prisoners and their children.

Recommendations:
Keep demographic information on all children, on custody (legal and informal), on caregiving arrangements, and on services needed or anticipated.

Integrate family information into the Department of Public Safety central databank on  prisoners on a regular basis.

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