More than 5 million children, or one in 14, in the U.S. have had a parent in state or federal prison at some point in their lives, according to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Research has shown these children have experienced trauma from the sudden separation of their parent, history of anxiety, depression, anger, sadness and guilt. Often times, the children are moved from one caregiver to another or into the foster care system. These children tend to exhibit higher rates of behavioral problems, delinquency, poor academic performance, and the risk of intergenerational incarceration. The National Research Council states that families are impacted financially, especially if the father is incarcerated. They are more likely to be homeless and seek public assistance for unmet basic needs. This program address three prioritzed results: Children are Successful in School; Communities are Safe for Children, Youth and Families; and Families are Safe and Economically Stable. Data from 2015 shows that 3,196 children in Harford County had a parent in state prison or under community supervision.
The percentage of reconviction rates for youth released from a committed program after a year has decreased from 23% in 2010 to 16.7% in 2015 in Maryland. Harford County's rate has also decreased from 26.3% in 2010 to 16.1% in 2015. However, the re-arrest rate increased from 35.7% in 2014 to 45.2% in 2015, which is contrary to the state where the rate was 45.7% in 2014 and decreased to 44.1% in 2015. The youth recidivism rate is also higher than the County's detention center. The three year recidivism rate is 36.9%.