Tasseli McKay

RTI International

Tasseli McKay is a Research Analyst at RTI International. Her work focuses on intimate partner violence prevention and response, couple and family relationships in the context of justice-system involvement, strategies for improving health coverage and access to care among justice-involved people, and other issues at the intersection of public health and criminal justice policy.


  • The costs of incarceration for families of prisoners

    Family members of incarcerated people are often faced with financial, social and emotional costs related to the imprisonment of their loved ones. These costs can be conceptualized as investments both in the sustenance of personal relationships and in a greater social good in the form of assisting with the reintegration of former prisoners. In this article, we draw upon data from a mixed-methods study to elucidate the costs of detention on families of prisoners. We demonstrate that financial, social and emotional costs associated with imprisonment of a family member are interrelated and often compound each other, indicating the importance of addressing them in a holistic framework.