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Staying in Jobs and Out of the Underground: Child Support Policies that Encourage Legitimate Work

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Publication Date: March 2007

Publisher(s): Center for Law and Social Policy

Author(s): Vicki Turetsky

Special Collection: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Topic: Justice (Prisoners and imprisonment)
Social conditions (Public welfare and social services)

Type: Brief

Coverage: United States


This policy brief explains why policymakers and practitioners should manage the child support obligations of incarcerated and re-entering men to help them maintain regular employment, limit participation in the underground economy, reduce recidivism, and provide steady support to their children over time. A companion brief will outline specific child support strategies to help these parents reconnect to work and family.