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How are families affected when their loved ones go to prison?

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Open Society Foundations


On this edition of Your Call, we're talking about how families are affected when their loved ones go to prison. When Issac Bailey was just nine, he saw his oldest brother taken away in handcuffs. Moochie Bailey was imprisoned for murder for 32 years. Half of the ten boys in Bailey's family eneded up in the criminal justice system.

When Rab'ia Keeble was just eight, her father went to prison for murder. She spent most of her childhood visiting him. Her brother also went to prison, but she wasn't able to visit him because of the distance. How do families cope and what resources are available to support them?


Issac Bailey, journalist, educator, and author of My Brother Moochie: Regaining Dignity in the Face of Crime, Poverty and Racism

Rabi’a Keeble, nurse, activist, poet, writer, and founder of Qalbu Maryam, the nation’s second women’s mosque

Web Resources:

NPR: Living With A Brother In Prison In 'My Brother Moochie'

The Marshall Project: The Day My Brother Took a Life and Changed Mine Forever

USA Today: 'My Brother Moochie' looks at how murder, prison and racism fractured a family


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular Friday media roundtable guest in 2001.