Health Impacts of Mass Incarceration on Indiana’s Children; Promoting Social, Emotional & Developmental Health & Well-Being in Early Childhood

Location: Marion County, Indiana

PROJECT SUMMARY: Our research will investigate the impact of mass incarceration on the social, emotional, and developmental health and long-term health equity of Indiana’s young children. The project will also explore the health benefits of expanding access to quality pre-k for children from low-income communities of color impacted by over-incarceration.

IN ACTION: Shoshanna Spector’s article on why transit matters for health and opportunity was featured on the “Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity” blog.

Health Impacts of Mass Incarceration on Indiana’s Children; Promoting Social, Emotional & Developmental Health & Well-Being in Early Childhood
TEAM MEMBERS

[Pictured from Left to Right]

  • Angela Tomlin, PhD, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, and Director, Riley Child Development Center, LEND Program, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Shoshanna Spector, BA, Executive Director, Indianapolis Congregation Action Network, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Karen Ruprecht, PhD, Director of Innovation in Early Education, Early Learning Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana

 

"I have seen the devastating impact of over-incarceration on children and family health in my work at the Indiana Women’s Prison. National studies have linked parental incarceration to negative impacts in children’s mental and physical health; now, research is needed to help policymakers understand the long term public health impacts of incarceration on children and families."
— Angela Tomlin