“we, the jury, find the defendant guilty.”
a decision made so quickly
determined the next four years
of my brother’s life.
at the time of the trial
i was six years old.
i still don’t know all the details of what happened,
but my brother’s felony conviction
has greatly influenced my academic pursuits.
in response to his conviction
i have rigorously pursued academic areas
that provided me with the tools to unpack
after graduating college
i began to consider what my graduate research would be.
how would it effect positive change?
i understood the ways a felonious conviction
to not only impact the convicted beyond their served time,
but also their families
for years and years to come.
possibilities to bring an end to this cycle?
so many variables sustain mass incarceration.
the best way to combat the cycle
is to provide resources and education
to the next generation of people facing imprisonment —
the children of the convicted.
this will help to ensure children are not confined
to a world dictated by their parents’ mistakes
or the institutions implemented against them.
this is the work i intend to do.