The Carceral State


What is the Carceral StateThe negative impact or interface within the criminal justice system – A discussion of the challenges faced by the hidden victims.

Who are the Victims?  Who are the hidden victims? Mothers,  Fathers, Husbands Wives, Children, Friends, and Extended Family Members What are the Challenges? Incarceration, Over-prosecution, Loss of Income, Mental Health Issues, Broken family structures, Re-entry into society  

What are the Solutions? Your Voice – Ideas, and actions that will serve to make conditions better for the BIPOC families negatively impacted by the carceral state. We are all victims, however, our voices are rarely heard when the distribution of resources distributed to support our families fall far too short of the mark. Let’s discuss the challenges, the solutions, what work to create a brighter future for our families and friends.

Carceral State “The challenges” start with the multiple victims. We often focus on the victims directly impacted by arrest, prosecution and years of probation, limited freedoms, and inability to support their families and themselves.  Not only do you have those directly impacted, what happens to the mothers, fathers, children, friends, and community members?  We are all severely impacted by generations of over prosecution, wrongful convictions, plea bargains, and the aftermath of these decisions.  Deborah Prothrow-Stith speaks about the impacts of violence as primary, secondary, and tertiary impacts.  The same applies to the carceral state, the primary impacts are the persons directly harmed by incarceration, prosecution, and probation. The secondary impact will be the loved ones negatively impacted by the harms done to the primary victims, the children, family members, and friends.  The tertiary impact becomes the negative results that impact our communities, the loss of productivity, inability to participate as productive members of our BIPOC communities and families, the loss of hope, opportunity trust, and respect within the community.

Facts: Black and Brown Males make up less than 15-20% of the population.

Fact: Incarceration rates of black and brown young men are at 50% of the prison population in King County.


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