Explaining the Empathy Gap

Empathy can be defined as “the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another” (Merriam-Webster). It can further be understood that our empathic processes are automatically elicited and our interpretation is filtered through our own life experiences while still recognizing that the source of …

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Trauma, Attachment, and Parental Incarceration

The imprisonment of a parental figure has far reaching repercussions, that cannot be predicted, but forever alter a child’s life. Each child’s story and circumstance is different and must be honored, yet, the repercussion in each story begins with the loss of a parent to prison. Working for many years with children and families impacted …

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Mass Incarceration and Transformative Justice

To understand the scope of the problems that children with incarcerated parents face, you must first be able to grasp the origins of mass incarceration in America and how it impacted entire families and communities.  Harvard Criminal Law Professor Carol Steiker gives a brief background in her introduction on the causes, consequences, and exit strategies …

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Parental Incarceration, the Community, and the Child

The impact of taking individuals out of a community and incarcerating them does not just affect the incarcerated individual but all the people that are involved in their lives: their children, family, significant others, friends, neighbors, employers, etc.  Residents of neighborhoods with high incarceration rates endure disproportionate stress, since these communities face disrupted social and …

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