THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
From our readers
Issue Date: June 21, 2017
As I write this, today is Father's Day.
Over three million children have a father locked up in this country. Nationwide, around 10% of black children have a father in prison.
Governments who represent us make it very hard for these fathers to maintain relationships with their children. They are either imprisoned too far away from their homes, or the price of phone calls is ridiculously exorbitant, or the mental illness exacerbated by imprisonment makes relationship impossible.
Most of these children live in poverty and broken homes. Many of these children end up in foster care, then juvenile detention, then prison. The overwhelming need to excessively control and punish people is flawed and costly to everyone.
Over 20 million adults have felony convictions in this country, most of them men and fathers. They and their families are permanently disadvantaged in many, many ways. This ensures that the prisons will be filled generation after generation.
I have a 38-year-old single felony from another state. My daughter now has a criminal record and addiction problems that will follow her for the rest of her life, just like her father.