6.5 million adults in California have an immediate family member currently in jail or prison.
According to Barna Research, 7.3 million children in the state of CA have a parent under some form of correctional supervision.
What is most frightening is that: according to CDCR visits in 2019, only 10% of the incarcerated population in all 32 state prisons receives visits.
The Coalition for Family Unity is a coalition led by directly-impacted and system-impacted people and supported by allies that addresses the impact of mass criminalization on families and family reunification.
(AB 990 (Santiago))
Preserving Family Bonds During Incarceration
The 2021 Family Unity Bill recognizes that frequent contact through visits and phone calls preserves family bonds during incarceration, providing family structure for the children and spouses left behind, supporting the mental health of the incarcerated, and helping incarcerated people thrive after release.