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For Saundra, pictured here at her home in Washington, DC, prison had a major sil…

For Saundra, pictured here at her home in Washington, DC, prison had a major sil…


For Saundra, pictured here at her home in Washington, DC, prison had a major silver lining: it was a place where she could escape longtime abuse from her son Antoine’s father. “The abuse was so bad I had black eyes for years,” she says. “I began to feel safe when I was incarcerated because he could not get to me there.” But Antoine, left, ended up going to prison also, and the two lost touch for more than 20 years. Now that both have reentered the community, they are trying to get to know each other all over again. Many families affected by incarceration have trouble staying in touch and then face serious difficulties reconciling after the prison experience. Lengthy sentences for nonviolent crimes are a major stress on families that could otherwise provide support and help their loved ones stay out of trouble.

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