Marin County Board Of Supervisors Unanimously Passes Resolution To Endorse Children Of Incarcerated Parents Bill Of Rights .
SAN RAFAEL, California : The Marin County Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to pass a resolution that will serve as a foundation for programs and legislation to support children throughout Marin County who have a parent in prison. The Children of Incarcerated Parents Bill of Rights was ratified at the Board of Supervisor’s bimonthly meeting on September 15, 2015 .
Almost 3 million children in the U.S. have incarcerated parents, with approximately 856,000 of those children in California amounting to 9 percent of the state’s children. An estimated 300,000 children in the Bay Area have incarcerated parents.
Invest in Schools Instead of Prisons :
In a speech at the National Press Club, Washington , Secretary of Education Arne Duncan called on state and local governments to invest in schools instead of jails. It’s about setting a different direction as a society, a different priority—one that says we believe in great teaching early in our kids’ lives, rather than courts, jails and prisons later. “It’s about setting a different direction as a society, a different priority — one that says we believe in great teaching early in our kids’ lives, rather than courts, jails and prisons later,” Duncan said in prepared remarks.