The relationship between motherhood and re-incarceration

Haeil Jung, Robert J. LaLonde

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Using matched administrative records from the Illinois Department of Corrections and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, this paper finds that mothers' rates of re-incarceration are higher than those of women without children. It is also found that incarcerated mothers whose children have been in foster care have a higher re-incarceration rate than do women without children. The re-incarceration rate is particularly higher among mothers whose children were placed in foster care at the time of their first incarceration and mothers who had children in foster care but lost their custody before their first incarceration. These findings are more pronounced among white women with records of drug-related offenses or drug addiction than among their African-American counterparts.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-128
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Children and Poverty
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Jul 3

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by the Chicago Community Trust, the National Institute of Justice, the Russell Sage Foundation, the Open Society Foundations, and the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice under Grant 02-DB-BX-0017 awarded to the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.

Publisher Copyright:
© 2015 Taylor & Francis.


  • Motherhood
  • female prisoners
  • foster care
  • incarceration
  • re-incarceration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Demography
  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies


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