Conservative MP Mel Stride led an adjournment debate on support for families of prisoners, on 12 July 2013.
Conceding that crimes have many victims Mr Stride urged the government not to overlook not to overlook "what many refer to as the hidden victims of crime - prisoners' families".
There are an estimated 160,000 children with one or both parents currently inside prison, twice the number of children in care in the UK.
Mr Stride told MPs that these children are more than three times as likely to suffer from mental health issues, while over 60% of young boys with a parent in jail will go on to commit a crime.
Prisons Minister Jeremy Wright responded to Mr Stride saying supporting offenders families was an important part of the government's wider policy of helping troubled families.
"No one imagines that changing entrenched patterns of re-offending is a simple matter, but the government firmly believe the measures we're putting in place will help achieve a fundamental transformation through supporting families, and offender families have an important part to play in this," he said.