Category: Personal Experience

More than 5 million children, or one in 14, in the U.S. have had a parent in state or federal prison at some point in their lives, according to the Casey Foundation. Their numbers swelled by 79 percent between 1991 and 2007, according to U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) figures, largely driven by tough drug laws and mandatory sentencing.

Children of color are much more likely to have a parent in prison. One in nine African-American children had a parent behind bars in 2008, according to a Pew Charitable Trusts report (Pew also funds Stateline). One in 28 Latino children had an incarcerated parent and one in 57 white children did.

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Solitary Nation with Matt Duhamel

Heather and James

Judee Reeves wrote in 1994, “Families of inmates have been called the “hidden victims of crime” (Carlson & Cervera, 1992, p.5). When a crime is committed, there are victims other than the primary victim(s). These secondary victims include the families of the primary victim and another often overlooked group of victims — family members of the person who has committed the crime. The families of inmates are often overlooked in research and in designing social programs, yet many suffer devastating consequences as a result of a loved one’s incarceration.”

Host, Matt Duhamel speaks with Heather who’s husband James is incarcerated for a crime he didn’t commit.  She lives as a ‘prison wife’ everyday but explains that she is blessed and happy to be married to such a loving man.  Join us for this two-part podcast series about spouses behind bars.

Resources:

Millions for Prisoners Human Rights March
InterNational Prisoner’s Family Conference
Hope For James – Raising Attorney Fees

 

Solitary Nation with Matt Duhamel Washington State Penitentiary, Walla Walla.

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be incarcerated? What about being a prisoner in a state penitentiary?  Matt Duhamel invites John Charles on the show, a handicapped man who served 2 years and 8 months in the Clark County Jail (Vancouver, WA) and Washington State Prison in Walla Walla, WA.  John gives listeners a first hand account of what it’s like to be behind bars.  He also describes his horrific days in a padded cell because medical staff in the county jail prescribed him medication that caused him to become delirious.

Though his story may seem extremely negative, John is a survivor.  He gives tips to individuals that may be facing incarceration.  John is a free man now and enjoys time with his wife and adopted 6-year daughter.

 

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