My mother has been incarcerated, on and off, for nearly a decade now.
“I can’t wait for you to be out here, and for us to try to make up the past 13 years.”
“A kid shouldn’t suffer the same sentence that their parents are suffering.”
The instances where staggered sentences have been used reveals that they are an exercise of judicial discretion usually reserved for wealthy defendants.
As a young girl, the classroom was the one place where I felt free -- where I felt safe. Not that I grew up in an unsafe environment, but as a teenager, I associated home with stress. School was where my friends were, where the teachers I loved were, and where I could learn new things.
Even though there may not be quantifiable statistics that prove that yoga prevents recidivism, our purpose is to infiltrate and claim as much spiritual real estate as possible. We teach yoga to incarcerated women because we believe yoga can help them go on to experience the full expression of their lives.
On April 3, 2015, Sonoma County's secret war on marijuana confronted an unprecedented roadblock. A freedom flash mob had gathered, overfilling a courtroom and packing the hallway outside. Nearly 100 upstanding citizens had taken off work that morning for Yarrow Kubrin.
Jasmine Barclay knows exactly what it feels like to be stigmatized for having a parent in prison. She's also a producer of
Filmmaker Jeremy Robins uses filmmaking to help empower the children of those who have been incarcerated. He joins us to explain why it's important to advocate for change in our justice system and support the children of incarcerated people.
To the police, Belynda wasn't a victim. She wasn't a stunned and grieving widow with three children. She was a suspect. No, she was worse. In their eyes, she was the perpetrator.
While many items are prohibited in American jails and prisons, some are still allowed. And it is these items that can make a stay in the slammer that much more bearable and less toxic.
had been told by many program counselors, college admissions counselors and case managers that she could never be a registered nurse because she had a felony conviction. When she came to CCF we asked our signature question, "What are your hopes and dreams?" K told us that she had always wanted to be a registered nurse. We said, "Well, let's see what we have to do to make that happen!"
Growing up with an incarcerated parent can be tough. To ignore the impact of incarceration on the family is to ignore how the drug war continues to dismantle black and Latino communities.
As Miss America, these last eight months of travel have allowed me to see the influence that mentors have on a child's life and now I remain more committed than ever to share my story.