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Facing deportation, a prisoner fears his family might be torn apart

Apr 8, 2019

From the series Uncuffed:

 

When undocumented immigrants are released from prison they can face deportation. Charles Joseph, who was born in Fiji, says that is what will happen to him.

When he was younger, Charles Joseph’s father was incarcerated and deported. With no father figure around and an overworked mother, it led him down a path that eventually landed him in prison.

"Every time I think of my freedom I just focus on my children."

During his incarceration, Charles has gone through extensive lengths to rehabilitate and change himself so he may be a better father figure for his family.

He worries that if he’s not around, his children might fall down the same path he is on, continuing the vicious cycle that affects so many families today.

Uncuffed is produced by men at Solano State Prison. Learn more about them here.

KALW’s radio training program at Solano State Prison is supported by the California Arts Council, with funding from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The producers fact-check content to the best of their ability. All content is approved by a prison information officer.