Carceral State The Challenges


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.  

Leaders, Fathers, Sons

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.

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