The Cost of the Government's Failure to Protect Children Witnessing Parental Arrest and Detainment

34 Pages Posted: 27 Aug 2018

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Tiffany Simmons

Government of the District of Columbia - Department of Corrections

Bahiyyah M. Muhammad

Howard University

Kasandra Dodd

Government of the District of Columbia - D.C. Human Trafficking Task Force

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

The purpose of this Article is to explore the failure of law enforcement to safeguard children of detained and arrested parents. It draws upon interviews with children of incarcerated parents who witnessed the arrest and/or detainment of their loved one, as well as interviews with the arrested and/or detained parents. It also provides critical analysis of the laws that have been created to protect and serve these young citizens following the arrest or detainment of their parents or guardians. The strength of the Article rests in its interdisciplinary approach and ability to address failures of the law and those who enforce it.

Keywords: detainment, criminal, enforcement, parental, parent, children, witness, arrest, guardian, citizenship

JEL Classification: criminal law, public policy

Suggested Citation

Simmons, Tiffany and Muhammad, Bahiyyah M. and Dodd, Kasandra, The Cost of the Government's Failure to Protect Children Witnessing Parental Arrest and Detainment (2018). American University Business Law Review, Vol. 7, No. 2, p. 199, 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3233055 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3233055

Tiffany Simmons (Contact Author)

Government of the District of Columbia - Department of Corrections

DC, WA 20009
United States

Bahiyyah M. Muhammad

Howard University

2400 Sixth Street, NW
Washington, DC 20059
United States

Kasandra Dodd

Government of the District of Columbia - D.C. Human Trafficking Task Force

DC, WA
United States

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