State Survey Asks What Percentage of the State’s Polled Prison Inmates Were Once Foster Care Children

State Survey Asks What Percentage of the State’s Polled Prison Inmates Were Once Foster Care Children

A significant percentage of the nation’s foster care youth have been accused of crimes or have had contact with law enforcement within the first few years after they turned 18 years old (the age at which most children “age out” of foster care and some become homeless), according to
recent studies. A University of Chicago study found that one-third of the former foster care children who were tracked in three Midwest states suffered a “high level” of involvement with the criminal justice system.Such findings have prompted California policymakers and researchers to ask the question that initiated this report: How many inmates in California’s adult prisons were once foster care children?

To read the full study, download the document here.

 
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