Center for American Progress

PRESS CALL: Impact of Criminal Records on Children and Families
Press Advisory

Listen to a recording of this press call here.

Washington, D.C. — To expand upon a report released earlier today revealing new analysis that between 33 million and 36.5 million children in the United States—nearly half of U.S. children—now have at least one parent with a criminal record, the Center for American Progress will be hosting a press call on Friday, December 11, 2015, at 12:30 p.m. ET.

While the effects of parental incarceration on children and families are well-documented, CAP’s new report specifically looks at the family consequences that can stem from the barriers associated with a parent’s criminal record, exploring the intergenerational effects of criminal records and offering policy recommendations that give both parents with criminal records and their children a fair shot by addressing the barriers to opportunity associated with having even a minor criminal record, including employment, housing, education and training, public assistance, financial empowerment, and more.

Please join us for this press call featuring CAP Executive Vice President for Policy Carmel Martin; lead author of the report and Director of Policy for CAP’s Poverty to Prosperity Program Rebecca Vallas; and Ms. Matos, a 32-year-old mother of three from Philadelphia whose family has been suffering the effects of a minor misdemeanor conviction she received 10 years ago.

Friday, December 11, 2015
12:30 p.m. ET – 1:00 p.m. ET


Dial-in Number: 888-587-0615
Conference ID: 1066004

Carmel Martin, Executive Vice President for Policy, Center for American Progress

Rebecca Vallas, Director, Poverty to Prosperity Program, Center for American Progress
Ms. Matos, Philadelphia Resident

Click here to read more about Ms. Matos’ story in

For more information, please contact Tanya S. Arditi at or 202.741.6258.