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The costs and penalties associated with incarceration continue long after an individual's incarceration ends and affect entire families and communities, a report from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights , Forward Together , and Research Action Design — in partnership with more than a...
A new report from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, Forward Together, and Research Action Design, in collaboration with 20 community-based organizations across the U.S., examines the ways in which families are impacted by a loved one’s entanglement in the criminal justice system. Who...
A survey of families that have a member in jail or prison has found that nearly two-thirds struggle to meet their basic needs, including 50 percent that are unable to afford sufficient food and adequate housing. The report found that costs associated with incarceration, like traveling for prison...
Nearly two in three families (65 percent) with an incarcerated member are unable to meet their family’s basic needs, according to a new report released today — which found that even after a family member is released from prison, the lingering impact incarceration is often economically...
"Who Pays? The True Cost of Incarceration on Families," a new report, released Tuesday, that shows exactly how our criminal justice system is weakening American families. The product of a year's worth of collaboration between the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights (an organization I...
Women, and particularly women of color, bear a large portion of the financial and emotional burden when family members become involved with the criminal justice system, a report has found. A diverse coalition of 20 groups from across the US examined the impact incarceration has on families and...
America spends $80 billion a year incarcerating 2.4 million people. That money is spent on things like beds, staff, food, and facilities—but the effects of that incarceration are costly in other ways too, according to a new report out Tuesday from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights . The...
Roughly two-thirds of families of convicts had trouble meeting their basic needs as a result of their relatives' time behind bars, according to a new national survey of 1,080 family members and former inmates. The survey was conducted by the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights , an Oakland-based...
Gonzalez's family is just one of millions suffering from a system that punishes the loved ones of those in prison. A new study released by the California-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights , Forward Together and other civil rights organizations, reveals the plight that the families of...
The average family of an inmate incurs about $13,607 in debt for court-related costs, according to a report by the Ella Baker Center, Forward Together and Research Action Design, organizations that advocate for criminal justice and other social justice reforms. More than one-third of families go...