Patti (whipartist) wrote,

Children , arrests, and statistics

I was reading an SFGate article on police guidelines for dealing with children when parents are arrested. A lot of it made sense, but then I came across this quote:

"As many as 1 in 10 children in California are estimated to have a parent in jail or prison or on parole or probation, she said."

Ten percent?! Assuming an equal distribution of breeding (which we can't really do), that would imply that 5-10% of adults had been in trouble with the law.

I'm running through my circle of friends, and to the best of my knowledge I don't know one single person who fits those criteria. I'm sure that some of the people I play poker with have a history with the penal system, but they aren't the ones I'm likely to get to know well.

Do I really lead that much of a sheltered life?
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