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    <b><big>New Study Shows
        Stunning Number of Women with Incarcerated Loved Ones in the
        U.S.</big></b>
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            <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span
                style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman'">On
                May 20, 2015, the Du Bois Review published </span><a
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                    style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman'">Racial
                    Inequalities
                    in Connectedness to Imprisoned Individuals in the
                    United States</span></i></a><span
                style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman'">,<a
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                a
                groundbreaking article exposing the devastating effects
                of mass incarceration
                on the women who are so often left behind to pick up the
                pieces. </span></p>
            <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span
                style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman'">The
                article reports that <b>1 in 4 women </b>in the United
                States currently has an imprisoned
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                Forty-four
                percent of black women - just over <b>1 in
                  2.5</b> have an incarcerated family member, compared
                to 12 percent of white
                women. Black women have over 11 times as many imprisoned
                family members as
                white women, and are more likely to be connected to
                multiple people in prison. <b>Over 6 million black
                  women</b> in the
                United States have a family member currently imprisoned.
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            <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span
                style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman'">While
                the racial inequalities are striking, the number of
                women overall affected by the incarceration of family
                members and loved ones is
                staggering. The study makes clear that women in the
                United States currently
                have unprecedented levels of connectedness to people in
                prison. With men making
                up 90 percent of the 2.2 million<a
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                people currently
                incarcerated, women who have incarcerated loved ones are
                often left raising
                children, managing family finances, and facing stigma in
                their communities and
                workplaces. As a result, these women are at greater risk
                for a whole host of
                harmful health and economic outcomes. </span></p>
            <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span
                style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman'">As
                Anita Wills, a member of Essie Justice Group, explains,
                â€œIn 2003, when my son Kerry was sentenced to 66 years
                in prison, I was
                devastated. I had to keep it together for my son and
                grandsons. I am now 68
                years old and raising my 17-year-old grandson. This is
                not how I envisioned
                living my retirement years.</span></p>
            <p class="MsoNormal" style="text-align:justify"><span
                style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman'">Terryon
                Cross, whose father is in prison, says, I've grown
                up with incarceration all around me. When my son Yancy
                was born, I was 16 years
                old. I want more than anything for my four-year-old to
                grow up without me
                having to drive to prison to see and hug our family. I
                don'€™t want him to think
                this is normal, even though it is happening all around
                us.</span></p>
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                style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman'">This
                trailblazing article sheds light
                on the scope of mass incarceration's effect on families
                and loved
                ones €”particularly women €”and alerts us to the fact
                that this group has been
                under-studied and often ignored. It helps lay the
                groundwork for a better
                understanding of the consequences of mass imprisonment
                in the United States and
                its particularly devastating impact on women with
                incarcerated loved ones. </span></p>
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                  style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman'">Essie
                  Justice Group</span></b><span
                style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman'"> is
                an
                organization that works directly with women with
                incarcerated loved ones. To
                speak to us for comment on the report or to be put in
                touch with the authors of
                the article, please email </span><a
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                href="mailto:gina@essiejusticegroup.org" target="_blank"><span
                  style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman'">gina@essiejusticegroup.org</span></a><span
                style="font-size:12pt;font-family:'Times New Roman'">. </span></p>
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                  <span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:'Times New
                    Roman'">The article was co-authored by Hedwig Lee
                    and Tyler
                    McCormick of the University of Washington, Seattle;
                    Margaret T. Hicken of the
                    University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and Christopher
                    Wildeman of Cornell University.</span><span
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                  <span style="font-size:11pt;font-family:'Times New
                    Roman'">€œFamily members” include male and female
                    relatives such as
                    aunts, uncles, and cousins, as well as children,
                    partners, and parents. It is
                    important to note that this analysis focuses only on
                    people serving sentences
                    in prison, and not those in jail. Had the article
                    included people in jail, the
                    number of women affected by family member
                    incarceration would be much higher.</span><span
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