My Mom Is Out of Prison, But I’m Still Not Free
The Trauma of Having an Incarcerated Parent Is a Life Sentence of Its Own
This article is a co-publication of Zócalo Public Square and State of Mind, a partnership of Slate and Arizona State University focused on covering mental health.
I was 12 when I went to prison. Though Mom was the one behind bars, it felt like the system shackled me, too.
Visits to see Mom at Los Angeles County’s Century Regional Detention Facility were rare. Even when I managed to find an adult to take me, I wished I didn’t have to love her this way. Pressing the …