NEW ORLEANS (LA) – Loyola Law College, Stakeholders will meet at Loyola University’s Law College this Friday to discuss how children are affected by incarceration of family members. The event will feature experts, academics and all other stakeholders.
The symposium will discuss the short term and long term psychological effects for children whose family members have been imprisoned. Incarceration affects children regardless of their background and influences their attitude, behavior and perception towards life. The effects vary from one child to another.
Loyola Law College: Topics to be discussed
There are several factors that determine the nature and extent to which children are affected when family members are incarcerated. This include but is not limited to their age, background, upbringing, closeness to incarcerated family members and the length of imprisonment.
Symposium attendees will discuss how imprisonment of a parent affects a child’s mental health. Even through the impact varies from one child to another, there are general trends among affected children.
The symposium at Loyola Law College will also try to understand how incarceration of several family members affect children. Presenters at the symposium will also be free to discuss how children can cope with separation from parents or other family members.
Loyola Law College: Governor to outline state’s approach towards the issue.
The governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards, will be the keynote speaker at the event in Loyola Law College. He is expected to outline how the state is dealing with the issue and the measures so far taken to ensure children’s mental health is safeguarded.
The governor will also talk about how the state plans to downsize prison population and hence help reduce psychological effects to children. The Criminal justice reform bill will be also discussed by the governor at the symposium.
A recent report indicates that Louisiana has the highest incarceration rates in the United States. As per the report, for every 100,000 Louisiana residents, there are 816 people in prison. This is one of the key issues the governor is likely to address at the event.