“I grew up in the projects in New York City. It was during the time when politicians fell in love with lucrative drug policies and dealers “married the streets”—committed fully to street life and the ugliness that comes with it. This symbiotic relationship birthed what we now call mass incarceration. As data will tell you, this hit black and brown homes the hardest. Which is why I’ve been a jail visitor more times than I can count, and more times than I care to mention.”

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