The prison system punishes more than just the prisoners
The Southerner
December 19, 2017

“Youth may feel distant from their incarcerated loved ones even after they have finished serving their time. ‘Mason Gibson,’ who also choose to be anonymous for the purpose of this article, has struggled with trust and communicating with others because of his father’s history of incarceration. “I just kind of stopped talking to people. It didn’t feel like I could talk to anyone,’ said Gibson. ‘I was told by my own mother not to tell anyone [about my dad].’ He further explained that this was because his mother wanted to be able to independently take care of her family despite her husband being in jail.”

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