During 2001, about 14 500 children younger than 16 years of age in NSW experienced having a parent imprisoned at least once that year, say Sydney researchers. Further, about 60 000 children in NSW had experienced such an event during their lifetime — 4.3% of all children, and 20.1% of all Indigenous children, in the state. The researchers' estimate was derived from a cross-sectional survey of more than 800 inmates randomly selected from each of the state’s 29 prisons, taking into account high recidivism rates and a considerable increase in Australia’s prison populations over time.
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