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Families of the Incarcerated
Elizabeth Holmes Has Two Young Children. Should That Keep Her Out of Prison?
Sending new moms to prison has devastating consequences. Some states are starting to rethink the practice.
When Kids Are Punished Like Adults
Louisianans protest temporary youth housing in notorious Angola, and Bryan Stevenson speaks on sentencing reform.
Donald Washington, Jr.
July 1, 2021
“Daddy, if I Come See You, Will I Have to Be Locked up, Too?”
Recently reunited with his 10-year-old daughter, Demetrius Buckley struggles to push past the barriers of a maximum security prison to be present for his curious, whip-smart little girl.
June 18, 2020
My Dad Went to Prison When I Was 5. Now I Write About Families Like Mine
Growing up with a father who was incarcerated didn’t define me. But it certainly taught me to challenge stereotypes and ask better questions.
Sylvia A. Harvey
December 18, 2019
The Long Journey to Visit a Family Member in Prison
Remote prison towns and strict visitation policies make it hard to stay in touch.
December 3, 2018
How Incarcerated Parents Are Losing Their Children Forever
Being stripped of parental rights while in prison, even for minor crimes, is “the family separation crisis that no one knows about,” one advocate said.
August 23, 2018
The Awful Thing I Saw in Prison That Stunned Me Into Silence
"It was the kind of moment that you witness but your brain just rejects; you can’t believe what you just saw."
July 2, 2018
An Irrevocable Separation
When the government executed Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the welfare of their two boys was a secondary concern.
May 24, 2018
I Followed My Mom to Prison and to a Degree
“This is the path my life had to take so I could be strong.”
, as told to
March 8, 2018
Caring for My Sick Husband From Prison
A federal inmate feels helpless as her partner’s health deteriorates.
, as told to