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Live With The 19th

How Mass Incarceration Impacts Families

Originally aired on Sept. 29, 2021
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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.


Brittany K. Barnett
Brittany K. Barnett
Attorney and Founder, Girls Embracing Mothers
Errin Haines, The 19th
Errin Haines
Editor-at-Large, The 19th
Sylvia A. Harvey
Sylvia A. Harvey
Author, “The Shadow System”
Sharanda Jones
Sharanda Jones
Co-Founder, Buried Alive Project
Christina Swarns
Christina Swarns
Executive Director, the Innocence Project
Ana Zamora
Ana Zamora (Sponsor)
Founder and Executive Director, The Just Trust
Jocelyn Jackson (Performer)
Co-Founder of People’s Kitchen Collective and LEAP Artist
W.J. Lofton (Performer)
Poet and LEAP Artist