Loving Through Bars by Cynthia Martone
Children with Parents in Prison

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Presenting the plight of children with parents serving time in prison through a series of poignant stories, this work introduces some of the 2.3 million children who have themselves become victims of their parents' crimes. Most attempts to address this problem take the form of sociological analysis, but personal, anecdotal accounts are featured here, such as the story of a young girl visiting her father at Attica Prison and that of the kindergarten child who saw her mother handcuffed and taken away for a 10-year sentence. Written by an experienced educator, this examination of the instability and uncertainty that plague children of prisoners chronicles their attempts to cope and presents a possible starting place for societal response.

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\Cynthia Martone has been a public school administrator in a remote Eskimo village in Alaska, and in Rochester, New York where she was awarded the Outstanding Educator Award for the State of New York. She has spoken at both national and state conferences as well as written about children who have parents in prison. Her work has appeared in Education Week, Journal of School Administrators Association of New York State, and The Teacher Magazine. She now resides in Erie, Pennsylvania where she is principal of Villa Maria Academy High School.
Published January 1, 2005 by Santa Monica Press. 216 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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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.

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