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LISTEN: When Parents Are Incarcerated, Too Often Separation From Kids Becomes Permanent

File: Cybulski Correctional Institution in Enfield.
Connecticut Public Radio

A report released last month says that too often, young people nationwide are permanently separated from their incarcerated parents. By separated, the report means put up for adoption with the rights of the birth parents terminated. And this happens to families of color at a disproportionately high rate, the report says.Recently the two authors of that report joined Connecticut Public Radio’s All Things Considered. Eleanor Roberts and Destiny Lopez with the Criminal Justice Advocacy Clinic at Yale explained that the issue is a particular piece of 1990s federal legislation that creates financial incentives for states to do this.

John Henry Smith is Connecticut Public’s host of All Things Considered, its flagship afternoon news program. In his 20th year as a professional broadcaster, he’s covered both news and sports.

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