In the United States, more than half of all incarcerated people are parents — meaning the prison system punishes their families, too. The prison system separates loved ones from their families, breaks down support systems and destabilizes whole communities — particularly communities of color. Visitation hours are severely limited; phone calls can be prohibitively expensive. On top of all this, families of incarcerated people often cope with social stigma, economic insecurity and long periods of separation.
Join The 19th for a critical conversation on the impact of mass incarceration on families, with people who’ve navigated the criminal justice system as parents, children and lawyers.