Monthly Archives: August 2013
The facts are what they are… FACTS, and reality of a growing population. I have several family members that are in prison. Aunt: incarcerated throughout my childhood for shoplifting, drugs, and prostitution. Uncle: as a child, and again recently for shoplifting, drugs, and assault charges. 2nd Uncle: incarcerated from the time I was 6 to now (27 years old) My family does not discuss reasons.
Everyone chooses own path regardless of race. Parents who commit crimes condemn their own children. My son’s father is incarcerated I am alone in financially supporting my child. Raising- I am happy he is out of our lives financial- I am BROKE and PA discontinues any financial support once the parent is locked up.
One of my brothers has been in and out of prison since he was 14 years old. He’s 24 this year. I don’t remember the last time he was here for a holiday. My older brother, M.E.F., committed suicide when I was 15 years old. He was only 21 years old. We believe he did it because of the high levels of cocaine he was on and because he was on the verge of going back to jail. My Brother would rather have died, than be sent back to jail.
Society likes to believe in human progress, but…(?) Perhaps there are issues which need interdisciplinary approaches. Everything from psychology to theology to medicine to sociology
I have a cousin who is incarcerated, its extremely hard.I miss him, long phone calls are not fun. I would visit him, but my mom wont let me.
Last September, I met Sean, the Director of Public Programming at Eastern State Penitentiary. We were both participating in a talk at the Philadelphia History Museum about art programs involving Prisons. After learning about Family Interrupted, Sean expressed interest in hosting one of our Mailboxes at Eastern State. We jumped at the opportunity, and this past week I collected a gigantic bag of responses from Eastern State. Many thanks to Sean and his team, who are looking forward to keeping our mailbox on site for the for see-able future, and in doing so helping further this conversation about the impact of incarceration on families with the greater public.