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A new dance performance explores how mass incarceration impacts families

Photo by RJ Muna
Clarissa Dyas, left, and Bianca Cabrera in The Wait Room by Jo Kreiter



On this edition of Your Call, we’ll hear from women whose loved ones have been incarcerated. One in four women and nearly one in two Black women has a family member in prison. Seven million children have had an incarcerated parent.The US has a quarter of the world's prisoners, but only five percent of the world's population.

The Wait Room, a new aerial dance performance from Flyaway Productions, explores the damaging impacts of having a loved one behind bars. How does incarceration impact families?


Jo Kreiter, choreographer and artistic director of Flyaway Productions, and fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation

Jasmine Brown, events coordinator and education facilitator for the Black Female Project and Essie Justice Group

Anita Wills, writer, lecturer, activist, radio show host, and advocate with Essie Justice Group

Web Resources:

Jezebel: 'This Is Modern-Day Slavery': How the Bail Industry Targets Women of Color

Vogue: A Matter of Justice

Prison Policy Institute: Mass Incarceration: The Whole Pie 2019

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