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Loving Through Bars: Children with Parents in Prison Hardcover – January 1, 2005

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Santa Monica Press (January 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1891661485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1891661488
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #695,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There are no happy endings here: according to Martone, an educational administrator and writer, 2.3 million American children are now growing up with either a mother or father in prison. Not only are these children "innocent victims," they are also "lost in a vicious cycle that often leads to future criminality and deviant social behavior." In occasionally strained prose, Martone provides dramatic and haunting testimony of the devastating impact parental incarceration has on children. This issue came to her attention when, as a school principal, she received a letter from the imprisoned father of two girls at her school: Steven, behind bars in Attica in upstate New York, asked for her involvement in the girls' education. Although the author made heroic attempts to forge a relationship between Steven and his children's teachers, the process came to an abrupt halt when he was transferred to another facility. Going along on prison visits, Martone witnessed the lengthy waits and dehumanizing entry routines the children are exposed to. Martone was concerned when one six-year-old, Catrina, expressed no emotion and little affection for her imprisoned mother during such experiences. With this moving anecdotal evidence of a tragedy in process, Martone issues a call to action for a problem that is often overlooked. (Feb.)
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"Touching stories reveal the unfair challenges to these children...successfully highlights the plight of an underresearched and underserved population." -- Library Journal

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Sara Porras on January 10, 2009
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This book was written by a school principal who had students with a father in prison. The experience of helping those children led her to interview other families with a parent in prison. The combination of interviews and personal reflections make this book an honest and sensitive display of a difficult situation. I have found it to be helpful for my own understanding of students with a parent in prison.
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By holly ross on April 22, 2014
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This book really helped me to understand that just because a parent is in prison does NOT mean their job as parent is over. They are still an influence in the kids lives so if you can incorporate into the kids life you will have a happier child. And sometimes if the parent can talk to their child about problems then they can steer them in the right direction just saying
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