Desperate people take desperate measures when they're trying to survive. There are sometimes additional consequences when someone is incarcerated.
Research & Links
“Children of incarcerated parents: Cumulative risk and children’s living arrangements,”Joint Center for Poverty Research
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U. S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
Statistical Briefing Book, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention