Date of Defense:
May 15, 2021
Public health scholars have grown increasingly interested in the consequences of criminal justice contact on the wellbeing of parents and children. While much of this research examines the experiences of incarcerated parents, most justice-involved parents are on probation, a form of community supervision. Drawing on a survey with 166 adults on probation in Hennepin County, Minnesota, 43% of whom identified as parents with minor children, I map out the unique burdens of supervision for parents of minor children. This project presents several case studies of individual respondents to illustrate how parental status interacts with the stresses of supervision – including housing, employment, substance use, and financial demands. These results show how community supervision impacts not only individuals, but entire families.