Rhode Island KIDS COUNT - News, Research and Policy Information
December 2, 2008
2009 Factbook Survey
Rhode Island KIDS COUNT invites you to participate in a short online survey to inform the 2009 Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook. Your input and ideas will help to ensure that the Factbook provides the best available information on current issues affecting children in Rhode Island. The survey should take no more than five minutes to complete and can be completed by clicking here.
Safety and Youth Development
Juvenile Justice Policy and Practice
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The Future of Children has released its latest publication,  The volume examines juvenile justice policies and practices that can be used to achieve reforms that are based on solid evidence of what works and that acknowledges that young people in the justice system often have other problems, which the justice system alone is often ill-equipped to address. Accompanying the release are an Executive Summary and Policy Brief
Reports on Children of Incarcerated Parents
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According to Parents in Prison and Their Minor Children by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, which provides national level estimates on the number of U.S. children who currently have parents incarcerated, there are currently about 1.7 million children under age 18 in the U.S. with a parent incarcerated in state or federal prisons. This is an 80% increase since 1991. An article in State Legislators also details some current state-level policy work going on in this area and highlights states with recent legislative task forces structured around the needs of children with parents in prison. For more national and Rhode Island information click here.
Economic Well-Being 
Recession Could Push Millions into Poverty and Deep Poverty
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A new report by Sharon Parrott of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities predicts large increases in the number of people living in deep poverty - less than half the federal poverty level. The report calls for more attention to the issue of children in deep poverty and highlights the need to find ways to address the needs of these children, who often do not qualify for work-based supports, such as EITC and child care subsidies. 
Primarily because of changes in welfare policies, people living in deep poverty are far less likely to be lifted out of poverty by federal programs now than they were in 1995. The report recommends federal action to prevent large increases of people in poverty and more attention to people who are living in deep poverty.
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In This Issue
star 2009 Factbook Survey
star Juvenile Justice Policy and Practice
star Reports on Children of Incarcerated Parents
star Recession Could Push Millions Into Poverty and Deep Poverty
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