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Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice: Black and Brown Lives Do Matter

Angry and often overlooked, children of the incarcerated are hidden in plain sight

The number of kids with incarcerated parents has ballooned in recent decades, yet these children remain largely invisible to lawmakers.

It was around bedtime when Ginny Lord, age 4, stood at the top of the stairs in her Tacoma home and watched her dad taken away by a team of undercover police officers for a series of drug-related robberies.

Frightened and bewildered, Ginny stayed quiet. “I just stood there and watched,” she said.

Lord remained quiet for much of her childhood, never talking about the upheaval in her family, the visits to see her father in jail, the constant moving from home to home with her mother, who was unemployed.

Read more of this story in the Seattle Times.

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