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"It's a shared sentence": Parents, kids, and the costs of incarceration.
With well over two million people in state and federal prisons, juvenile correctional facilities, local jails, detention facilities, and other spaces of confinement, the United States incarcerates people at a higher rate than any other country in the world - and it's not close. The harms done by mass incarceration extend to every domain of social life, not least to the bonds between children and their parents. Most often, these parents and kids are people of color. Drawing on their extensive experience with the prison and juvenile justice systems, and with the parents and children in them, our guests will offer sobering insights into the impact of prisons on family life - and some ideas about how we can help make things better.

Aug 27, 2019 08:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Amani Sawari
Founder/Creator @sawari.org
Amani Sawari founded and writes for the site, sawarimi.org, and is Coordinator for the Right2Vote Campaign. She graduated from the University of Washington with her Bachelor degree in both Media Communication Studies and Law, Economics & Public Policy. She was selected as Jailhouse Lawyers Speak’s spokesperson for the 2018 National Prison Strike in April 2018 after the Lee County Prison Riot provoked incarcerated activists to partner with organizers on the outside. Her coordination of over 300 endorsing organizations led to the successful participation of incarcerated activists in 17 states and 3 regions abroad.
Beth Navon, LMSW
Juvenile Justice Advocate and Mental Health Specialist
Beth Navon, LMSW spent more than 30 years as a nonprofit administrator recognized for her expertise in the mental health field and juvenile justice advocacy. She created a nationally recognized service delivery model for youth re-entering the community after incarceration and has published several pieces on how to replicate the model. From 2009-2015 she was Executive Director of The Lineage Project, a non-profit offering yoga and meditation training to incarcerated young people and those at high risk for incarceration. Ms. Navon retired in 2015 and has pursued her interest in studying and choreographing modern dance as well as consulting to non-profits in the area of juvenile justice.